on 05-04-2019 12:17
When a horse or jockey falls, my sympathy is always with the horse. The jockey has a choice whether to race. The horse doesn't. Also they wouldn't shoot the jockey in the head if he was injured.
05-04-2019 13:05 - edited 05-04-2019 13:06
I think The PETA article I posted about the Grand National shows some damn convincing facts about that 'sport' !!
Problem is, it's a rich 'mans' sport and they see it as a 'spectacle'. The money poured into it is pretty obscene. Whilst the sentiment of boycotting is all well and good, it's not enough as it will never happen. Not while there is money to be made.
I have been a member of the League Against Cruel Sports for years. Fox Hunting is banned in this country. Who upholds the ban?
No-one, as we still see RICH people defying the law and riding out with the hounds most weekends.
I don't see any jail sentencess for them!!
@Cleoriff I totally agree with you point and perhaps I should have clarified my point in respect of boycotts. What I meant was it is a one way in which the general public can do something positive. That said at the end of the day there is big money invested in animal abuse.
As you correctly said, none of those who go hunting are ever arrested. At the meet before going hunting, the stirrup cup of alcohol is passed round. Technically, and legally, a huntsperson could be stopped and breathalised and if over-the-limit (as in drink-driving) be prosecuted but it has never happened, whilst in the past those who opposed hunting were arrested. Groups such as the Hunt Sabateurs, who never hurt an animal or endangered the lives of any huntsperson but merely distracted the hounds with calls and harmless false scent, were prosecuted and branded as violent.
Every effort was made to prevent a ban on hunting and we ended up with a watered-down Act which means nothing because of the support for hunting from landed gentry, members of the House of Lords and the idle rich.
For every form of animal abuse, the abusers put forward excuses which don`t hold water when subjected to proper scrutiny. And if these excuses are challenged then opponents to the abuse are branded as "animal lovers", "nutters", or "violent anarchists".
on 05-04-2019 14:00
on 05-04-2019 19:35
On a more upsetting note, 2 horses have died at the Grand National Festival today
on 05-04-2019 20:23
There's a far better spectacle of HUMAN endurance and strength on Sunday. If you want a bet then get your money on Oxford or Cambridge to win the Boat Race, after all there is a 2 : 1 chance of winning.