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Animal Defenders of Westchester
P.O. Box 205
Yonkers, NY 10704



Published in the 'letters' section of AM NEW YORK, 5/13:

Re "Don't cry for Smarty Jones": Yeah, Smarty Jones is living the good life, as your article alludes to - while he can still turn a profit as a 'breeder.'  Racehorses are victims of a multibillion- dollar industry rife with drug abuse, injuries, and race fixing.  

Don't tell the public the animals are 'cherished' beyond their productive years - it's a business, figure it out.

When no longer useful they usually go to auction - a heartbreaking experience for these sentient, intelligent beings.  They are disposable 'property.'

Smarty Jones, the beautiful animal who was beaten unmercifully by the jockey during the race, has a good life now?  Race horses are overbred, forced to run before their bones are mature, and drugged to mask injuries - the entire sad 'sport' should be banned.

Kiley Blackman


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