With the horrific life ending injury to Eight Belles, it was only time before PETA would release a statement.
“This young filly’s death may have been humane, but the race sure wasn’t. PETA is calling for the immediate suspension of jockey Gabriel Saezï¿½who whipped Eight Belles mercilessly as she came down the final stretch, no doubt in agony from two front legs that were about to snap.”
The death of the filly calls into question the state of horse racing. Two years after Barbaro’s death, another 3 year old suffers a injury in front of a national audience. Race horses are trained hard to run at their fastest speed and beat the competition. That is their objective, but while trying to achieve that goal are the human-like aspects lost in it all. Does it take an unfortunate incident like what happened Saturday evening for the world to realize that running horses is toe-tapping a line between exploitation and competition?