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SPCA: Animals suffer when used for sport

2011-07-05 15:09

Johannesburg - Animals suffer when they are used for sport and entertainment, the National Council of the SPCA said on Tuesday.

"The council opposes animal racing in any form," said Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals spokesperson Celeste Houseman.

"The council opposes any practices that cause unnecessary suffering to equines...during training or during the actual event."

A horse was put down after breaking its front leg at the Durban July race in Greyville on Saturday.

"This is a classic example of why the SPCA movement takes the stance of opposing racing with animals," said Houseman.

"The tragedy is that a horse was injured to the extent that it had to be killed."
 

Comments
  • zulufox - 2011-07-05 15:15

    Horses are not for racing...

      FaxM8 Fax - 2011-07-05 15:24

      Have to agree that is why we the mini cooper was designed !

      cocopops - 2011-07-05 15:28

      Why not, in sport you find participants fracturing their legs which when put in a cast heals, but with a horse the leg can't be put in a cast and will never heal properly to carry the heavy load. Horse racing is a better sport than babaric boxing where opponents are wilfully injured. Nothing more graceful and beautiful than a groomed race horse in full flight.

      Bloodbane - 2011-07-05 15:39

      @cocopops - boxing is with people not animals, box the people have a choice, racing the poor animals dont.

      mark - 2011-07-05 15:43

      Dogs are not for fighting! Why do the kids that keep the dogs for fighting not start boxing instead? That will keep them fit, of the street, the animals as pets and maybe, just maybe, they can become a success.

      Protest - 2011-07-05 15:52

      This story sounds like a bunch of horseshiit.

      Klip - 2011-07-05 16:04

      @cocopoops, the horse have no say in the matter! Do you think they want to race and train etc.

      cooked - 2011-07-05 18:07

      @Bloodbane - If you haven't ever encountered a horse who doesn't want to do something, then you don't know what you are talking about. Each horse that races has something called a Starting Certificate. Basically this means that the horse will go into the starting stalls at the begininning of a race without any trouble. If they give uphill, then they lose their starting certificate and are not allowed to race again until they earn it back. You've heard the saying - you can take a horse to water...? It has more than a grain of truth in it!

      Don - 2011-07-05 18:07

      @Fax yes then Jubjub and his cronies can kill schoolchildren instead of a horse.

  • paulf - 2011-07-05 15:15

    Oh my, sounds like horse racing will become something orf the past now as well. There will not be many happy people around if this does happen. How many times has a horse broken its leg in racing? In my time I can only remember 3 incidents.

      Snys - 2011-07-05 15:32

      First it was smoking....then alcohol...horse racing next?

      michaelx - 2011-07-05 16:12

      LETS RATHER BAN STEALING AND CORRUPTION !!!

      as.it.is - 2011-07-05 16:16

      it will never happen....spca can voice its opinion but lack the power to implement it.

      Shazred - 2011-07-05 16:17

      @Paulf... That is 3 too many.. A human breaks a bone it can be repaired, but a horse has to die for our entertainment.... Not cool, not cool at all....

      Liberty - 2011-07-05 16:27

      Don't worry horse racing will still be around for a long time. Too much money in it

      Rocky_III - 2011-07-05 17:19

      @ Snys Oh yes along with the wankers who have ensured that all law abiding citizens had to give up there guns. Etremists in any form are horrible things. Oops now they will ban me commenting....

      paulf - 2011-07-06 05:37

      @ Shazred The 3 incidents I know of is over a period of 20 years. What about horses that run on farms etc, what is the difference. A horse is a animal that likes to run and has to run. I think it is a rediculous arguement anyway.

  • Civil_Rights - 2011-07-05 15:22

    We should be riding these government officials on these race tracks. Since they enjoy taking us citizens for a ride.

      daaivark - 2011-07-05 15:25

      Now that is funny. Thanks

      Eric West - 2011-07-05 15:37

      ROTFLOL!!!!!!!!!

      Shazred - 2011-07-05 16:18

      Whahahaha That is really funny... 10 Points...

      Cupra - 2011-07-05 16:24

      And boy are we hoping that they "break a leg!"

      Vikash - 2011-07-05 16:36

      LOL! That's funny... Who do you guys think would be top horse? And can you imagine the bribing that would be going on on the track itself? My money's on Mbeki Cele beating JZ by a hat... Or over the head with the butt of his gun ;-)

      StBad - 2011-07-05 16:58

      And if they break a leg, can we shoot them? :-)

  • sushiqueen2 - 2011-07-05 15:23

    I AGREE 100%. THESE GRACEFUL ANIMALS SHOULD NOT BE PUNISHED LIKE THIS. THEY SHOULD OUT IN THE OPEN RUNNING AND BEING HORSES AND NOT BEING USED AS A TOOL FOR PEOPLE THAT HAVE A GAMBLING PROBLEM. GO FIND ANOTHER WAY TO MAKE MONEY. THIS SPORT DISGUSTS ME AND SHOULD BE BANNED!!

      Chris Hansen - 2011-07-05 15:38

      are you ready, for the fury, of THE CAPS LOCK!!

      jowza - 2011-07-05 16:08

      I THINK CAPS LOCK SHOULD BE BANNED ALSO

      FaxM8 Fax - 2011-07-05 16:15

      get juliass to nationalise caps lock then we can all have a piece of it !

      brinjal - 2011-07-05 16:57

      shush

      Rocky_III - 2011-07-05 17:21

      Watch out for the spittle flying out of your shrieking mouth. Nutter with a CAPS LOCK. Ban em I say. Lynch them....

      cooked - 2011-07-05 18:06

      @SUSHIQUEEN2 - you naive romantic chop! do you honestly believe that horses in the wild are "graceful and beautiful"?????? like any other feral (beacuse there are very few truly wild horses) animal, they battle for food and water and spend a lot of time just trying to survive. They are often hungry, thin, full of annoying ticks and other parasites. They are unkempt and full of cuts and bruises. Horses in the wild don't run unless they are being chased by a hungry lion. Their main goal is to preserve as much energy as possible for when they need it to escape bleeding slowly to death while said lion chews comfortably on its back leg. As I said, chop!

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-07-06 09:51

      damn those raw fish eaters...have they no mercy ?!!

  • I_Say - 2011-07-05 15:24

    Horses are strong enough to run in these races with more than one person on its back. Also between races these horses are treated with more love and care than our poor neighbours. They've even got better dental and medical care than most of us do... So WTF..

      VELOCITY - 2011-07-05 15:34

      How many people are even REMOTELY interested in horse racing - 1 percent? I've never liked racing any kind of animal, be it horses or otherwise. It's all about the owner and not the animal anyway. Anything that exploits an animal for the entertainment of humans should be outlawed, including the circus. Like this lot driving around RSA with two elephants, 3 dogs and a few snakes - Brain's Circus. Don't approve of that.

      Worldwise - 2011-07-05 20:29

      And after racing for a while the horse becomes useless at an early age and is either sent to the abbatoir or rented out for riders. There is a place near Durbanville that does this. I came across an unshod ex race horse there that is rented out. The horse was trained for racing and only knows how to walk and gallop. It cannot trot or canter and is therefore useless for recreational riders. Soon it will be on the way to the abbatoir or lion feed at the zoo as it has no more money value.

      Lanfear - 2011-07-06 10:37

      @ Worldwise - true yes, that is often the fate of the mediocre racehorse. The good ones however are usually used for breeding. And most show-jumping, eventing and riding school horses are ex-racehorses. Most of these horses are treated very well, with love and care. Just like any sport or business, there are always ways to abuse the sport or the participant [the horse in this case]. What I really want to know is, where is the SPCA when the chips are really down? When those horses are illegally sold to the abbatoir? Or suffer terrible neglect and abuse? In Gauteng we have the Highveld Horsecare Unit at least that do a lot of wonderful work for neglected horses and donkeys, as well as educating people in the treatment and care of equines. Horse racing per se is not evil or abusive, especially not these days with loads of rules and laws protecting the horses and even the jockeys. And I've known horses who LOVE to run! Just as the best showjumpers are horses who love to jump, that love the attention of the crowds, etc. If you've ever seen a horse posing and prancing for the benefit of the flashing of the cameras you'll know what I mean. I've been horse riding my whole life and a couple of years ago I trained ex-racehorses to showjump. Ex-racehorses are NOT useless for recreational riders as they are usually young and can be quite easily retrained.

  • facmp - 2011-07-05 15:29

    All forms of horse riding should be banned - not just racing. Poor horses have to cart those fat lazy people around, who would be better off riding bicycles.

      Playnice - 2011-07-05 15:38

      Speak for yourself. I have never seen a fat or large jockey.

      jowza - 2011-07-05 16:08

      E.T was not a jockey

      Arnie - 2011-07-05 17:47

      If it were not for ridding there would be no/very few horses as they would have no value. Secondly, race horses live in far more comfort than many people are aware of.

      Worldwise - 2011-07-05 20:32

      Correct Arnie, until the can't race anymore at an early age. What happens to them then? I know. Anyone that knows horses knows that they are just like dogs. They have a sense of humour and love attention. Recreational riding is a pleasure for a horse as is the interaction between the horse and a caring rider.

      Lanfear - 2011-07-06 10:41

      Oh please, the "fat lazy people who would be better off riding bicycles"! What an uninformed and ignorant statement that is! Do you have ANY idea how much exercise horseriding provides? Clearly not... And horses are similar to dogs as Worldwise said, they are wonderful animals who [mostly] love interaction with people.

  • jannie.debeer - 2011-07-05 15:34

    If it were not for sports and recreation that horses were kept, we would not see them on the earth for long. Look at where they have been in the past. Noboddy is shooting at them in war, making them work in the fields or treating them as transportation. They are pampered as athletes and trophies. Get a life.

      Lang Henning - 2011-07-05 16:25

      Jannie, this is not about horse riding per se, but against competitive sport where horses are exploited for human ego and money. Horses will still be kept for recreational riding, which is something both horse and rider enjoy. Also, have you ever seen a disabled child's face light up when put on the back of one of these animals? It is extremely therapeutic and I'm sure somebody here will also quote Churchill who said there is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of man.

  • jjhvan - 2011-07-05 15:39

    And dogs should not be kept locked up in houses and yards. Also cats. And birds in cages. WTF. Get a life. This is just how many species flourish and survive. I HATE bunny huggers. They have a serious problem. Probably bored to death. Animals are there for humans (and predators) to use and enjoy. So is any other life form on earth.

      Shazred - 2011-07-05 16:29

      @jjhvan... You are such a retard. Animals are not put on this earth for humans to use. Maybe to enjoy looking at, and loving them. I would hate to see how badly you treat your pets... You probably buy Ivory jewellery, and use Rhino horn to get it up... Wanker

      Seth - 2011-07-05 19:36

      I agree. We are the dominant species and since animals are non-sentient. They exist to be useful to us in what ever manner pleases us. People forget that in the wild animals suffer grueling deaths more often than not. That horse was lucky he had a cushy life.

      Worldwise - 2011-07-05 20:38

      @ Seth, some countries in Europe have declared animals sentient beings. How do you know that they are not sentient? You ever asked them? As a dominant species we are rapidly ensuring our non dominance of the Earth. Once man is gone, which species will be the dominant one? Do you think it will be as arrogant with a superiority delusion like man?

      SirenC - 2011-07-05 20:43

      @Seth: You numbskull, perhaps you should look up the definition of "sentient" before you spew ridiculous statements like that. Of course animals are sentient. You, on the other hand, I have my doubts about...

      Armchair critic - 2011-07-05 21:21

      please help, you know how the cats can be locked up, I mean I want to put a stop to the neighbourhood cats coming through my property and crying like stupid somethings in the middle of the night... how can they be locked up???? please help

  • Idomeneo - 2011-07-05 15:44

    Have to confess to having mixed feelings. It's in a horse's nature to gallop, and they could just as easily get injured on their own. I grew up next to a race course and worked at the stables, and I didn't see any injuries. The horses are better cared for than most, getting expert care and attention for everything. Sorry cocopops, but comparing them to boxers is just silly. Boxers choose to take part in the sport; horses don't have a choice.

      Worldwise - 2011-07-05 20:39

      Ever see what happens to the horses when they aren't winning money anymore?

  • Uwe Klopfer - 2011-07-05 15:52

    I generally dont have time for the bunny hugging SPCA. Horse racing is an ancient sport and if properly regulated if the trainers and owners are properly checked then cruelty will be almost non existent. I know of a couple of incidents where a horse broke its leg while a normal outride in the veld, accidents happen, I prmise you that the last thing the owner of that horse wanted was for it to get hurt, a horse that is good enough to get to the July is worth at least half a million rand if you look at things objectively. Accidents happen. You drive to work and something can happen and you die...we going to ban cars ?. On the note of bashing the SPCA...when last has anyone tried to adopt a dog or cat from them ? They are full of crap about it, so i don't even bother. they claim to care for animals but they only care about the money they are bringing in on the side. Trust me, the SPCA is the biggest bunch of hypocrites when it comes to cruelty to animals.

      patrice - 2011-07-05 18:04

      How could we trust anybody with such an inflated ego and such a limited understanding or knowledge of what the SPCA is all about ? The money the SPCA asked from you when you magnanimously offered to adopt a cat or a dog, is in the first instance to cover legitimate costs associated with the animal, and in the second to ensure that your intentions towards the animal were good. It is amazing how parting with cash sorts the sincere adopters from the ones who will leave the animal on the freeway when they are tired of it.

      Armchair critic - 2011-07-05 21:24

      I have e-mailed, visited and left contact details to offer to give an abandoned dog a home. It is 2 years now and I have never heard of the SPCA in all that time. We just bought a Labrador puppy and what a joy he has brought to our family.

      Umfubi - 2011-07-05 21:45

      I must say that although I am a monthly contributor to the SPCA, I do have doubts about their operation. Go find a copy of Noseweek 118 (Aug 2009) and read a bit of stuff about them. This declaring of horseracing as cruel is just nuts. Of course it's tragic when a horse breaks a leg, but accidents happen anywhere. All these people whining about what happens to racehorses after their careers are over have a serious point - but it is THIS that the SPCA should be giving their attention to.

      Uwe Klopfer - 2011-07-06 10:26

      @patrice : o h really ? you want to put in "that" group ? then tell why am i for the last 4 nights getting up every two hours to feed an abandoned week old puppy ? and getting every couple of hours during my matric exams to hand rear a bird that got chucked out of its nest by its mother ? Why did i help my dad on the farm many years ago trying to save calves and cows ? Would have been SOOO much easier and cheaper (vet fees, meds) to put a bullet in their heads wouldn't it ? One of my mongrel dogs at home (piad R50 for 2) got biliary in the summer... all in all she cost me a good R1200 to get healthy again. I gladly support the animal anti cruelty league with donations and will volunteer if i had the time, which i dont at the moment so you take your pro SPCA attitude and shove off because you have no idea what you are talking about.

  • Darwinian - 2011-07-05 16:00

    Then start doing something about pigeon racing....

      jowza - 2011-07-05 16:09

      and rugby

      The Goose - 2011-07-05 16:34

      Pigeons get cared for really well and get very good conditioning.What is your problem with pigeon racing?

      Rocky_III - 2011-07-05 17:25

      Bee keeping!!!!! Taking the fruit of all the work of those poor poor animals. Now that is sport that should be banned.... Kuhmba Ya Kuhmba Ya

      Worldwise - 2011-07-05 20:46

      Pigeon racing is as pointless as motor racing, rugby and all competitive sports. So what if your pigeon is faster than mine or your rugby team gets the ball into a specific area of the field more times than the other team does within an alotted time? Or your horse, car, aircraft or hot dog eating ability is greater than mine? All competitive sport is pointless. Its all about gratifying egos.

  • Francois - 2011-07-05 16:02

    I suppose they will be tying down all the horses with ropes so they can't run around in joyful glee then? When last did anyone hear about a horse breaking it's leg during a race? Now they should be used in race because of one incident... seriously...

  • Derrick - 2011-07-05 16:16

    Goodness, i hate the SPCA more and more. Whenever i phone them to help me out they never arrive, I see they really care (ha ha, whatever)

  • Tony - 2011-07-05 16:16

    Well I think flea circuses should be all shut down!

      Rocky_III - 2011-07-05 17:26

      WHAhhhaaaahhhhhaaaaaa Good one

  • zulufox - 2011-07-05 16:16

    I wonder what people think of dogs being used to chase criminals by K9 units of the police. What are your thoughts, it is abuse or is it legitimate use of animal resources?

      Umfubi - 2011-07-05 21:46

      Geez no, it's terrible. When they catch the criminal they have to bite them - do you have any idea what these buggers taste like? Ban police dogs, it's cruel!

  • McDaNife - 2011-07-05 16:30

    These are thorough bred and are bred for racing. Whats the point of denying these horses chances to compete among the best. They are lovely to watch when they race though I think using the whip should be banned. It frustates me when I see a jockey using his whip excessively

      Fedup - 2011-07-05 16:37

      I agree with your comments, definately ban the whip i dont bet especially on animals but horses are lovely to watch

      jka - 2011-07-05 16:51

      "bred for racing" - just like the stronger slaves were forced to have kids who were "bred for labour" or like the gladiators who were "bred for entertainment" ... humans do not have some dominion over all non-human animals to treat them as our property, force them to do things, and prematurely kill them we we no longer have a "use" for them, or when we decide they're reading to be "consumed". I bet half the people here saying horse racing is fine would be vehemently against dog fighting... why? specieism & elitism.

      Cowgirl - 2011-07-05 17:59

      @JKA dude - or dudette...........Horses don't bite each other or rip each other to pieces like dogs in dog fights. No comparison.

      Worldwise - 2011-07-05 20:52

      @ Cowgirl. You ever seen the results of a horse fight? Believe me they can bite. Breed the horse to fight like dogs are bred to fight and they will. Horses have a very similar temperament to dogs.

  • Black Falcon - 2011-07-05 16:37

    Yes, please! Ban horse racing!

  • Garth - 2011-07-05 16:38

    Do you treehuggers have any idea how many horses are eaten? So should we eat them or race them?

      jka - 2011-07-05 16:52

      Thats a false dichotomy - obviously, there is a third choice which is to do neither of those two things to them.

      Lang Henning - 2011-07-05 18:04

      Garth, you're completely missing the point. We all know that salamis and most processed meats contain horsemeat, a goodly portion of which is from the racehorses that weren't fast enough on the track. You can choose to eat it or not. Horses are forced to live and compete in unnatural circumstances and then we are told they enjoy it because they are bred for it. We can choose to believe it or not.

  • CTS - 2011-07-05 16:52

    What a lot of hogwash. Animals were created for people, not the other way around. But what do you expect from a society where you're not allowed to shorten a dog's tail and where kids can take you to court if you spank them... That's the problem with allowing these insanities to kreep in: eventually no-one knows where to draw the line anymore.

      Fluke - 2011-07-05 18:40

      People are animals. Animals were NOT created for people. All living creatures should be treated with respect. That aside, I own horses and they do love to run, and to race. The problem comes in because so much money is involved in horse racing; all too often racehorses that are not sound are injected with various substances to mask pain, lameness or other problems. When raced they are then prone to injury. I am not saying that is what happened in this case, but I know from talking to vets and hoof smiths that it does.

      Worldwise - 2011-07-05 20:58

      @ Fluke. I agree with you 100% but as a horse owner you should know that a "hoof smith" is actually called a farrier?

      Fluke - 2011-07-05 21:41

      @Worldwise - Of course, but I was not sure that the average reader would necessarily know the jargon. Farrier was actually the surname of a well known smith from earlier times; his name became associated with the profession:)

  • battle4truth - 2011-07-05 16:53

    Horses love running and competing with each other. Did the animal tell you that he suffers? This is none else than a awereness campaign to raise funds. I love animals, but I dont worship them like some earcth worshipers.

  • battle4truth - 2011-07-05 16:59

    Horses love running and competing with each other. This is none else than a awareness campaign to raise funds. I love animals I dont worship them like some earth worshipers, soon you'll be jailed for stepping on a ant. And stop removing my posts News24!

  • brinjal - 2011-07-05 17:00

    One horse breaks a leg, which is very rare in horse racing now the SPCA jump on the wagon, rather pay attention to the starving, breeding dogs in the poor communities. Race horses are well looked after!

  • StBad - 2011-07-05 17:09

    Not a fan of horses or horse racing for that matter but honestly SPCA... a thoroughbred horse has to be one of the most pampered and well looked after animals on the face of this earth. Is it anywhere near as cruel as the malnutritioned, diseased 'work horses' that we see pulling carts, carrying people or travelling hundreds of kms every day throughout the world.

  • Danie - 2011-07-05 17:19

    Fools should rather shut up, other wise the world would see how dumb they are, no more horse sport, huge scale of neglected and slaughterer horses as they are then of little value. Never again would I give even a cent to SPCA. Yes, the July horse was a tragedy. At least the horse was but down, by a Vet

  • Toni - 2011-07-05 17:47

    It's quite sad to see how many really asinine comments have been made by people who, i am confident, don't do any charity or welfare work for people, let alone animals. 1. It is irrelevant how old the 'sport' of horse racing is; we know now that animals are sentient and suffer. 2. There is a difference between running for the love of it and running because someone is on your back insisting you do so, with a crop to 'encourage' you 3. Gamble on human runners if you must. They have a choice. 4. Contrary to the opinions of those who clearly believe the universe revolves around them, animals exist for their own reasons and not for the use, misuse and exploitation of humans. That mindset is very much the same as the idea that women are here for the benefit of man. Interesting that anyone who is against the idea of exploitation of others is considered 'extreme' by clearly self absorbed individuals.

  • frankm - 2011-07-05 17:54

    I don't see what the fuss is all about, it only happens very rarely and the humane thing was done to put the horse out of its misery. Why don't the SPCA visit houses in my suburb and see all the neglected dogs, etc., but no, now they jump on the bandwagon and say horseracing should be banned. Bloody bunnyhuggers make me sick

  • Cowgirl - 2011-07-05 17:54

    Horses love racing. They crave it. As long as they are cared for properly it's fine. Accidents happen in ALL sports. This does not make it cruelty. My beloved 23 yr old ex polo horse loves nothing more than a good full out race. If he died doing it I would know he died with a smile in his heart.

      Rob - 2011-07-05 18:27

      cow girl sorry i pressed the wrong button I think your 23 yr old horse is a master and i hope to come back as him in my second life !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • cooked - 2011-07-05 17:59

    @Bloodbane - If you haven't ever encountered a horse who doesn't want to do something, then you don't know what you are talking about. Each horse that races has something called a Starting Certificate. Basically this means that the horse will go into the starting stalls at the begininning of a race without any trouble. If they give uphill, then they lose their starting certificate and are not allowed to race again until they earn it back. You've heard the saying - you can take a horse to water...? It has more than a grain of truth in it!

  • Prince ryda - 2011-07-05 18:44

    Many comments here are about the comfort that the racing horses get, the hospitality, the medicational care they recieve etc. But do they have the ability to say No in a language that a human can understand?

  • graham.christensen1 - 2011-07-05 19:10

    So pathetic it's enough to make me sick. How many horses are put down during races/training? A small number I would think. Next we'll all have to be vegetarians and eventually we won't be able to murder cucumbers either. Where does this end? A minority group getting headlines trying to claim some fabled moral high ground. They're just horses. Get over it.

  • Zimasa - 2011-07-05 19:34

    Well, there r spinoffs realized in animal racing...it is a matter of choosing whether to forfeit them as well.

  • Moringa - 2011-07-05 19:54

    The one horse had to be killed , The SPCA kills 1000's of animals a day in the name of cruelty prevention . The SPCA single handily caused a 10 % increase in chicken meat prices with there meddling The Racing industry is by far less cruel to animals than any SPCA , and btw I am not from the horse racing industry , I have just dealt with the SPCA and there brainless idiots running a organization that used to stand for something

  • Amy - 2011-07-06 08:37

    It's an ancient sport that quite frankly can be done away with! There are so many other sports where HUMANS compete that can satisfy any addicted gambler. Meanwhile these poor animals are suffering and when they are too old/tired to compete anymore, they are simply shoved aside and no one cares about them anymore. Animals should not suffer for people's entertainment - and don't even get me started on dog fighting!!

      Lanfear - 2011-07-06 10:54

      Agree about the dog fighting Amy, but not about horseracing. Most horses love to run and horseracing is most definitely not just about betting, there are loads of other ways to bet. It is also about the grace, beauty and excellence of the horses. I agree that many ex-racehorses are shoved aside, sold to abbatoirs and suffer terrible neglect. Yet the majority don't, as they are sold and retrained as recreational horses, riding school horses, showjumpers, eventing horses, even gymkhana & polo. And they are mostly treated very well, as racers and after. Except of course for those unfortunates that suffer as mentioned. And about that we have to do something, not by banning racing, all you will do is push it underground which will be far worse for the horses, but by responsible management of the horses. And as said, I've seen horses who absolutely love the race, the competition [they are naturally competitive animals], the running and most of all, the attention. There's two sides to a coin...

  • Joy Thorpe - 2011-07-06 09:04

    Dogs are not here for fighting, horses for racing, wild animals for zoos. It is mankind's vanity and greed which places these innocent creatures into situations they do not deserve to be in.

  • reini32@24.com - 2011-07-06 09:44

    What a load of rubbish. These horses are bred for this purpose and those who have them love and cherish them!!! not to mention the millions spent on them.

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-07-06 09:47

    I think that race horses are really treated well & these unfortunate incidents are few & far between... The SPCA should concentrate on all the stray animals that are roaming the streets...they pose more of a danger to themselves & others..

  • Johan - 2011-07-06 14:54

    All you bunny huggers dont know what you are talking about. Why dont you rather go and find a propper job and let the people that care fore their animals do what they love. breeding with animals. Why dont the SPCA go and hunt the rhino poatchers and then whe talk again Johan

  • Ian - 2011-07-06 17:14

    Racehorses have been bred for hundreds of years to run fast, but their instinct will not let them run through the pain barrier. When they start hurting they will shorten their stride and should be pulled up. Anyone using animals for pleasure and gain has a moral and ethical duty to keep them free of pain and cause them no harm. They should never be given any substance that will mask an unsoundness and allow them to race when they would otherwise not be able to do so. Instead of allowing its members to medicate horses for racing the Veterinary Council should prosecute them for doing so. Likewise the National Horseracing Authority should not have threshold levels for certain substances but rather adopt a zero tolerance to drugs in racehorses. Sound horses do not need drugs and unsound horses should be treated and not raced. The amount of money invested in them should be of no consequence at all. The fact that certain substances enhance performance is not a justification for their use and drugging is a form of animal abuse. Offenders should be prosecuted. Submitted by Ian Jayes, Racehorse Trainer and Past Executive of The National Thoroughbred Trust.

  • Toby - 2011-11-25 10:20

    By all means any malicious cruelty towards or intentionally harming of animals should be condemned and prosecuted. This includes dogfights, bearbaiting or similar blood sports that involve animals. To be consistent however, human blood sports should suffer from the same scrutiny by the SPCA that they give to the lesser beasts. However, working animals owe their very existence to their ability to perform tasks for man. Take those opportunities away and all that is left is an expensive useless pet. Those who wish to ban activities that provide the essentials for the animals’ livelihood evidently don’t take into account the fact that most working animals that are not allowed to work face the very real prospect of a death sentence. The fact that the working animals’ lives depends on working is evidently not taken into consideration by the bunnies who have devoted their existence to the well being of animals. The irony alone is a sad illustration of the quality of the minds of those that work towards these aims... Indeed, all the surplus animals can then be dumped at your nearest SPCA facility to enjoy their benefactors tender embrace....which for most unwanted pets is about two weeks tops. Fortunately we know that Celeste Houseman is basically lying when she claims that all animals suffer when they are used for sport and entertainment. One broken leg amongst thousands is hardly significant. And Celeste, “entertainment” is work. You can look it up in “economic activities.

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