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Message 1162195 - Posted: 14 Oct 2011, 14:31:37 UTC

For decades jockeys have been allowed to whip horses into submission without too much penalty whatsoever. The RSPCA never give a damn, nor do the racing fraternity. Why? Because horse racing has become like football, too much money changes hands behind the scenes, and jockeys who win big races are pretty much guaranteed large backhanders.

No-one gives a damn about the animals. Every time a horse falls and breaks a leg it is simply shot in front of the public. It's considered to be just dead meat and no use to anyone. The truth is that any competent vet could splint and plaster that leg, and the horse could easily survive. But that is not considered to be economically viable to the owners. If it can't race you kill it.

Of course the Jockeys are up in arms, they can see their income falling. As far as I'm concerned UK horse racing, and it's abuse of animals is an international scandal, which should be exposed. And I fully support this latest move to bring in some curbs.

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Message 1162231 - Posted: 14 Oct 2011, 16:21:04 UTC

Interesting. I know I saw one race in California where the stewards disqualified a winner because the jockey used the whip too much.

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Message 1162371 - Posted: 14 Oct 2011, 23:02:43 UTC

if horse racing is barbaric, look at bullfights.

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Message 1162571 - Posted: 15 Oct 2011, 8:21:54 UTC

Agreed, just as bad, and fox hunting. But they are less popular sports than horse racing.

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