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We advocate on all animal protection and exploitation issues, including experimentation, factory farming, rodeos, breeders and traveling animal acts.

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


Horse racing is cruel


I was appalled when I read your pro-horse-racing article, which depicts horse racing in such an inaccurate light that it is borderline delusional. The author views horse racing through rose-glazed lenses, to say the least. Horse racing is a cruel and heartless sport that forces these beautiful creatures to ends that are beyond "fun and games." It may be true that racehorses are given some of the best care - while they are still a good investment! Once a horse is too old or damaged, they are often times discarded like a piece of trash.

If you led a horse that has yet to be brainwashed by its managers out onto a racetrack and gave it the option to race around in circles like a lunatic or to trot out through the open fence to roll around in the grass, which way do you think that horse is going to head? Forcing a horse to run at their body's physical breaking point, 'round and 'round, until they come to that pivotal, painful moment when their bones start cracking and popping or their heart gives way or their lungs burst inside of their chest, is far from natural and far from kind.

Kimberly Sue Desio


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