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Looking out for horses (but not cows)

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The Equine Welfare Alliance met the other day in Saratoga, and afterward I caught up with the president, John Holland, to ask him what he thought about horse racing, this being the season and all. “We’re not anti-racing as a group,” he said. “Our thing is, we think it needs a great deal of reform,” and he mentioned the banning of drugs like Lasix, at least on race day, as an example of the reforms ...

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August 19, 2012
8:48 a.m.

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Strock came up LAME this week

August 19, 2012
3:43 p.m.

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No he's dead on, as usual. Human foibles and emotions defy logic. For example, why is it national news when a few people in Dallas succumb to West Nile virus while scores die in drunk-driving accidents during the same time frame?

August 20, 2012
9:22 a.m.

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Thank you Carl. I believe if people had any idea of the plight of most race horses, they would never go to the track. 27,000 thoroughbreds are bred every year in the US. About 20,000 thoroughbreds are sent to slaughter from the U.S every year. All the bragging, wonderful farms in NY that bred them have, for the most part, no long term responsibility for them. A number equal to about 70% of those bred are slaughtered in a brutal manner. I'm just giving you USDA stats. As for your cows comment, we do not wish any ill treatment of them either. They are both great animals who feel pain, etc. It's just Mr. Holland can't do everything, so he is on the horse issue. Good for him.

August 20, 2012
9:55 a.m.

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Just because diners in the U.S. don't like the idea of enjoying horse meat as part of a meal doesn't mean it should be condemned as immoral. In many parts of the world, (not just France,) horse meat is a regular source of protein in the diet.

Myself, I will try just about anything, but horse meat I don't think I would, but I don't condemn other cultures who do. Here's a link to a good article in the NYT