The promotion of horse racing is disgusting

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This time year, with the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness coming up, some networks are busy promoting horse racing. Of course, NBC is worst offender, as it televises this nonsense every year.

Thankfully, we are seeing actual news coverage of horse racing. We just action in response to these stories.

Credit goes to the New York Times for being one of the news outlets actually engaging in journalism on this topic. Back on March 24, a story ran under the headline – “Mangled Horses, Maimed Jockeys.”

The subhead read – “The new economics of horse racing are making an always-dangerous game even more so, as lax oversight puts animal and rider at risk.”

The article reports an extremely troubling statistics. An average of 24 horses die at tracks across the US – EACH WEEK!

And the article reports on an analysis of data and more research that “shows an industry still mired in a culture of drugs and lax regulation and a fatal breakdown rate that remains far worse than in most of the world.”

And the news gets worse. It seems since 2009 trainers around the country have been caught in 3,800 cases of illegally drugging horses. And few are actually tested, we don’t know how serious the problem is. The Times also dug into the reports to find that over the last three-year span, around 3,600 horses died in races or in training in the US.

The article goes much deeper and is excellent in its level of journalism and research. Writers Walt Bogdanich, Joe Drape, Dara L. Miles and Griffin Palmer contributed to the article and are to be commended for their work.

It is very much worth reading this important article. I don’t know how anyone could read it and still support horse racing.

And on May 2, the New York Times again dug deep into horse racing, under the headline – “A Sport’s Beauty Clashes With the Stain of a Scandal.”

The headline does contain the error, in calling it a sport. But the subject matter does indeed paint another stain on the industry.

A well-known trainer is facing accusations of cruelty, after an undercover investigation by PETA. If you have not read this article, I suggest you do so.

Horse racing and greyhound racing have a mountainous hill to climb to ever reach a point where cleanup is acceptable. Too many dogs and horses are dying every year – so that a few people can dress up and bet on the outcome of a race.

I wish the sports networks and networks like NBC would take in this information and understand how disgusting it is for them to promote this industry to the sickening level we still see today.


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