Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 11:05 AM
Now, even though I find the whole culture of horse racing morally and socially repugnant, I know enough about it to know that – in almost every case – a horse suffering such an injury would have been shot on the spot (to put him out of his obvious misery). In fact, I’ve seen footage of a number of horses being euthanized under similar circumstances. Yet, such was the selfish adoration and worship of Barbaro – a horse many regarded as the second coming of Secretariat – that it seemed everyone connected to or interested in horse racing wanted Veterinarians to take extraordinary measures to prolong his life.
Alas, after finally being compelled to do on Monday what they should have done on the day he was injured 8 months ago, I suspect all these Veterinarians ended up doing was to prolong Barbaro’s misery.
They’re just pawns and treated as such and while Barbaro was going through his treatment, many horses were dying on tracks around the country and no one cared about them. [Jackie Vergerio, spokeswoman of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals]
The sport of kings? Indeed! But so is fox hunting….
Meanwhile, regardless of the fleeting emotional interest most people had in seeing Barbaro survive this fatal injury, I have no doubt that his owners were primarily interested in rehabilitating him to become the biggest (fee-generating) farm stud in history. This, notwithstanding their post-mortem rationalization that the fight to save his life will lead to new advances in Equine medicine – presumably to make horses more durable as prostitutes for mankind’s sporting pleasure.
But, apropos using horses for man’s idle pleasures, now that Barbaro has been euthanized, his owners will have to settle for whatever premium they can get by auctioning him off to rich Japanese – for whom eating Barbaro would surely provide the greatest culinary “basashi” pleasure in history….