Protest "Jockeys" on Animal Planet

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Protest "Jockeys" on Animal Planet
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Originally Posted: 3 January 2009

Protest "Jockeys" on Animal Planet

Animal Planet is going to be airing a new show in 2009 to be called "Jockeys." It is a show glorifying the cruel "sport" of horse racing. Please write to Animal Planet asking them to reconsider airing this show. If they get enough feedback, they may pull the show.

Contact Animal Planet online, or better yet, send a letter to:

Discovery Communications
Viewer Relations
One Discovery Place, 5th Floor
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Background information for your message:

  • Horseracing is extremely cruel.
  • At least 2000 horses a year are injured on the track and must be put to death; only the famous ones make the headlines.
  • Every day horses who are in no condition to run are given medications such as furosemide and phenylbutazone -- drugs that relieve symptoms such as pain and bleeding, but do nothing about the underlying disorders, enabling horses to race with injuries that otherwise would be too painful to run on.
  • They are often doped with amphetamine-type drugs.
  • Veterinarians with the American Association of Equine Practitioners have labeled 60 percent to 90 percent of race horses "significantly lame."
  • Horses are raced all year long, often on hard tracks. This is also very stressful to their joints and bones.
  • In addition, many are raced too often and are not allowed adequate
    recovery time.

According to an article by Michael Korda in Reader's Digest, "...horse racing is a cutthroat business. The thoroughbred industry breeds far more animals than it needs, and the only thing that matters is winning races. That means pushing horses hard when they're still young, with soft bones, and sometimes continuing to race them even when they're injured. When animals develop crippling leg problems... they can be sold for between $350 and $500 to the
slaughterhouse industry and then processed into meat." (Oct. 2003)

They also have been over bred for speed and have many genetic problems as a result. Trainer Nick Zito says, "They go 45 miles per hour, weigh 1,000 pounds and have ankles as big as yours and mine." 

Agrees New York Daily News racing columnist Bill Finley, "The
thoroughbred racehorse is a genetic mistake. It runs too fast, its frame is too large, and its legs are far too small. As long as mankind demands that it run at high speeds under stressful conditions, horses will die at racetracks."

Here is a good video on the topic, Horse Racing: Cruelty Behind the Glamour.

Thank you for protesting to Animal Planet!

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