Examining my feelings on racing
I’ve been reading the Paulick Report (www.thepaulickreport.com) about the Senate hearing on the need for drug oversight in the racing industry. I agree that racing needs oversight. It’s been proven that racing will not or cannot police itself. Even those found cheating are seldom punished, no matter how many offenses they have. I have to say I am proud of Kentucky for not granting Rick Dutrow a trainers license. But of course, that is not real punishment.
Reading is good – but listening to the idiotic, defensive, arguments FOR drugs has been very discouraging. Thanks to Dr. Larry Bramlage and his propaganda campaign regarding Bute being nothing but aspirin, many believe (or profess to believe) that Bute is not a powerful painkiller. There are even those who deny it’s a painkiller at all!!! Merely an anti-inflammatory. Worse than the self-serving blindness regarding Bute, is the attitude drugs are not only necessary, but okay. People argue that horses DESERVE drugs. If they have problems, should they suffer??? It’s just aspirin after all.
In addition, those who speak up for clean racing are attacked and vilified and accused of making something out of nothing, of lying, and of not knowing what they’re talking about.
The ignorance level is very discouraging. Few seem to recognize the problem (aside from animal abuse) is public perception of racing. I posted that for every racing fan there are thousands who are not racing fans. That there are millions of people who are tired of animal abuse and of horses dying. These people have power (as they should) and the slaughter industry has learned that they can’t be ignored. And truly, if racing continues on the way it is, people will demand it be banned.
Of course no one responded to that post. And I don’t think they believe it will really happen.
I have to say that if I were not trying to make a difference – for the horses – I would wash my hands of racing and be done with it. Maybe racing is too big to change. Maybe it’s too late.