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Re: [RC] Ho Boy! Here comes PeTA! - Karen Everhart

Please go back and read Marianne's post;  http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/05/sports/othersports/05rail.html.  Even "insiders" are saying there is no place for these horses, if trained properly, to be whipped or forced into the starting boxes.  Perhaps, when we FINALLY start holding owners, trainers, riders, wholly responsible for the fatal outcomes, we MIGHT begin to see a shift in attitudes and behaviors.  But everyone just calls it a "sad accident".  It was certainly MUCH MORE than a sad accident for Eight Belles.
It is absolutely unacceptable, to me, to see these types of tragedy's.  Yes, accidents happen, but this filly DID NOT get into a jammed up pack, she did not trip over another's feet, she simply ran, and ran her heart out and was obviously NOT ABLE to withstand the pressure, for whatever reason.  Perhaps, had she not been pushed so hard, her life might had been spared had she placed third or even fourth.  Who knows for certain?
If rumors hold true, that the owner ran this filly at the protest of the trainer, then he should be held FULLY ACCOUNTABLE!!!
This foolishness of chasing fame and fortune, with the animals paying the price, simply MUST STOP.
No - I am not a member or supporter or advocate of PETA.  I am an advocate for the horses.  PERIOD!!!
Karen Everhart MEd
Co-founder and Executive Director
Rainbow Meadows Rescue and Retirement, Inc.
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----- Original Message -----
From: Opal Perry
Sent: Monday, May 05, 2008 9:58 AM
Subject: Re: [RC] Ho Boy! Here comes PeTA!

I know.. this is ridiculous.  They have also cited another reason for him to be suspended.. she was "whipped mercilessly".. holy crap..
I am sure the world would be a better place if horses weren't ridden when they are so young, but getting PETA involved is NOT going to help this along.  Geez..
Opal Perry

[RC] Ho Boy! Here comes PeTA!, Susan
Re: [RC] Ho Boy! Here comes PeTA!, Opal Perry