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


The Tragedy of Barbaro

To the Editor:

The tragedy of Barbaro raises the issue of breeding pressures for racehorses: they must be both light of bone, and strong.

Does this create creatures whose bones cannot withstand the force of their stride?

I wonder whether these accidents are more frequent now than in the past. I know of no other animals in which superb healthy specimens break their bones simply from running.

I hope that someone will investigate this. Perhaps this kind of horror could be prevented by changing breeding practices.

Megan Adams

San Francisco, May 22, 2006

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