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Stop the whipping of horses

16 April 2012, 12:57

Two horses came down in the Grand National that took place today and died. They did not die out of horse choice or horse sense but because of the cruel propensity of humans. All for the amusement of the cheering race-going crowd who couldn’t care less that the thoroughbreds were being whipped by the practiced and seasoned whip-using/wielding little bully men positioned securely on the animals’ backs. They flog the horses beyond the physical and mental endurance of the animals. That’s right. They FLOG them. Jockeys may have relatively small physiques see those well developed upper arms are adept at controlling and swinging the whip.

It amounts to cruelty what they do.

Whipping animals is simply wrong. No matter what one’s personal philosophy in life may be, you do not go around whipping animals or cheering others on to do it. IT IS WRONG and should be unacceptable. The nonsense about whipping being a corrective measure in races is BS! How do you “correct” a race horse with a whip in hand other than trying to force it to run beyond its natural endurance?

Whipping of animals should not be allowed. Race horses should be race horses because racing and the ability comes natural to them. If a race horse needs to be whipped (or FLOGGED) to perform it indicates that they should not be in the racing game. Only those animals who naturally give of their best available talents voluntarily under human conditioning and steering not of the cruel whipping sort should be engaged as racers. It is nonsense that we non-horse people do not understand the nature of horses and that they need discipline and encouragement with the whip to perform. BS.

Let’s clearly understand the issue. It is the following:

 It makes no difference whether whipping of a race horse takes place while the animal is in enforced stationary position, in other words, restricted by sadistic means from free movement and escaping the ordeal, or whether it can’t escape the flogger because the flogger is glued to the horse and holding it under control. All the other rationalizations are nonsense. Pain inflicted by an unfettered arm holding a whip is no different just because the horse is in motion on a race track.

Rather limit the number of races to adjust to the number of available NATURAL racers who do not have to be whipped to perform. It will increase the betting pools and add to making an end to the ruthless breeding of numbers that is taking place in the hope that some REAL performing race horses will be the result. The unnecessary and cruel dispatch of redundant race horses will also (hopefully) be curtailed. Listen you horse racing authorities and breeders, tell us honestly what happens to those MANY race horses who are not so fortunate to make it in racing because they do not have the inborn talent or their futures have been spoiled and destroyed by the incompetents in the racing industry? Be honest. Where are the horses and what have become of them? All the more reason to ban the cruel practice of whipping race horses.

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