The New York Daily News reports that a Brooklyn-based animal rights advocate will launch a campaign demanding the shutdown of Aqueduct Racetrack until the New York Racing Association can guarantee there will be no more horse deaths at the track. NYRA reports 18 deaths since Nov. 30.
“It is simply not acceptable to put profits before the lives of these magnificent animals. As far as we can tell this is the highest death rate at any major track in thoroughbred racing history,” Dr. Wayne Johnson said. Johnson said he will launch a Facebook campaign, organize a protest and seek support from major animal rights groups.
Well, we do not see Dr. Johnson’s Facebook Aqueduct deaths protest page yet. If you see it, please let us know.
We did go to Aqueduct’s Facebook page, and saw no mention about the horses who have been dying at their racecourse since the end of last year. Admittedly, we did not spend a lot of time scrolling through.
Horse racing in the U.S. is absolutely barbaric. Anyone who disagrees is called an animal rights wacko or accused of working for Peta.
If you have a strong stomach, read this vomit inducing article written by Paul Moran for ESPN defending this sick business. Strong words I know, but understanding and tolerance I simply cannot find for this abusive industry.