PETA lays blame on jockey and merciless whipping … Good grief.
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is seeking the suspension of Eight Belles’ jockey after the filly had to be euthanized following her second-place finish in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday.
Gabriel Saez was riding Eight Belles when she broke both front ankles while galloping out a quarter of a mile past the wire. She was euthanized on the track.
PETA faxed a letter Sunday to Kentucky’s racing authority claiming the filly was “doubtlessly injured before the finish” and asked that Saez be suspended while Eight Belles’ death is investigated.
“What we really want to know, did he feel anything along the way?” PETA spokeswoman Kathy Guillermo said. “If he didn’t then we can probably blame the fact that they’re allowed to whip the horses mercilessly.” Full Story
The Beefs …
“Good grief. If you know a thing about horses, if you took any time at all to actually look at the sport, you know that you can’t MAKE a half ton animal do ANYTHING, whip or no whip. Try loading one into a trailer that doesn’t want to go there if you want to know something about what a horse does when he doesn’t like something you’re asking him to do. They run, and run fast, because they WANT to. They run at top speeds around their own paddocks and pastures just for the hell of it, with no rider on board. And if you watched a race, really watched it, you’d see that this “merciless whipping” just doesn’t happen. As to the jockey, Eight Belles broke down AFTER the race. She came in SECOND IN THE KENTUCKY DERBY, FFS. That was an amazing horse that was running in top form. What was it he was supposed to have noticed? That she was flying a little low? But yes, two year old horses’ bones are not as strong as they will be when the horse is truly mature, so perhaps that needs to be changed. ” ~ Kathryn
Thanks to Kathryn for granted me permission to post her opinion on “The Beefs”. Obviously more than opinion, as her experience working with horses first hand offers more than mere words.
Speaking of mere words, now for my beef …
It’s unfortunate what happened to this fine horse, but it doesn’t mean that it was the jockeys fault. How ridiculous to blame the jockey for this horse’s injuries. Why would he deliberately kill his own bread and butter, his lively-hood ? Frankly, PETA needs to get there head of of there rear ends. They have gotten way too big for there britches, and has become one of the most misguided organizations in existence. They act as though they have the right to comment on everything that happens with animals, to the point it seems that the rights of animals takes precedence over those of human beings. This is a sport, whether you agree with it or not, it is just that.
OK, I’m off to run around the parking lot a few times to blow off some steam… that’s what we animals do. No worries PETA, I’ll take a water break at the fourth furlong.