It takes a lot to shock the public these days, but the fact that cruel incidents in the horseracing world are finally being taken seriously is just about doing the trick. Before Eight Belles’ tragic death made the public realize that horseracing isn’t all fun and games, drugging and heavy whipping just made up another day in the industry. But now, people are on red alert, and we’re doing our best to continue exposing the horseracing industry for what it really is. Because of all this new attention, the industry is getting a good once-over from the public, Congress, and horseracing authorities, and skeletons just keep falling out of the closet.
On that note, let’s talk about whipping, shall we? Now, don’t get excited … this isn’t the fun kind. Whipping racehorses was banned in 1982 in Norway under the Cruelty to Animals Act. It’s severely restricted in the U.K., and many jockeys there are asking for it to be completely banned. If you ever had any doubt that it should be banned in the U.S., check out this video:
The good news is that Jeremy Rose, the jockey in the above video, was recently suspended in Delaware for six months for “extreme misuse of the whip.” You can read all about that here.
It’s about damn time that these serious problems are being taken seriously! Here’s to hoping that there’s no future need for hideous videos and cruelty charges in “sports.” Thanks for ruining my Friday, Jeremy! I hope you spend your six months in some serious deep thought.
Posted by Christine Dore