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Re: FAO Olde School Ks (A death in Newcastle, Wolverhampton, Doncaster, Kempton & Haydock)

By reximus1/7/2020 21:58Wed Jul 1 21:58:17 2020In response to Re: FAO Olde School Ks (A death in Newcastle, Wolverhampton, Doncaster, Kempton & Haydock)

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Moral relativism and you compare horse-racing with cars (which have enormous social utility, despite environmental problems)? I think bear-baiting would be a better comparison: animal abuse for the benefit of the gambling industry (which causes social harm).

But you ask: Is there more anyone could do?

1. Industry transparency. Too little is known about the true nature and extent of injuries and deaths of horses which in turn affects the ‘wastage’ rate and fate of racehorses. 

2. Inadequate regulation. Horse racing largely governs itself in terms of animal welfare through Govt sanctioned industry bodies. Without independent inspections, significant welfare issues continue undetected. 

3. Lack of enforceable standards. There are no mandatory welfare standards for racehorses. Other areas, where animals are used such as farming and animal research, have specified welfare standards which must be adhered to. 

4. Jumps racing. Such an obvious one. Jumps racing involves horses racing at speed, over long distances over numerous obstacles. Many countries have banned racing over fences altogether.

5. Painful devices. Whips have no place in a "sport". Neither have spurs nor tongue-ties.

6. Doping. The racing industry must undertake more vigorous testing and impose harsher penalties to deter ‘doping’.

7. Racing immature horses. Racing immature horses (e.g. two-year-olds) should be banned and an independent veterinary assessment done to verify that a horse has matured satisfactorily before entering a race.

8. Oversupply of racehorses. The racing industry depends on breeding a high number of horses and a high turn-over rate. Horses may leave the racing industry at any stage of their life, as foals, during training, during their racing career or when they retire. When horses leave racing prematurely, this is often described as ‘wastage’. The fate of thousands of horses leaving the industry every year raises serious concerns for their welfare. (See also Industry Transparency and Inadequate Regulation, above.)

To be fair, these problems isn't unique to horse-racing. Greyhounds suffer the same fate.

You bet. They die.

Couldn't you just bet on a coin toss, instead?


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