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post #11 of 24 Old 09-30-2013, 05:42 PM
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I do believe this may be a thread where I get some popcorn.
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post #12 of 24 Old 09-30-2013, 05:48 PM
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No need for popcorn on my account. I knew better than to click on this thread, much less reply.
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post #13 of 24 Old 09-30-2013, 05:52 PM
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You can think whatever you like. Racing does not have any more greedy people than banking, investments, or any other big business.
But it has animals who can't look out for themselves.
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post #14 of 24 Old 09-30-2013, 06:00 PM
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I don't like the racing industry but what you're seeing is really an example of the world we live in. However, this is affecting you more because of your interest in horses. Most people on this forum, and probably most you know are hobby horse owners. They are passionate about horses, their welfare and their care and this is generally their number one priority. They spend money on horses for their enjoyment.

This is somewhat opposite the racing industry that gains money from horses. It's a business, as others have said, which means that the horses are their means to an end. Yes, many do care about their welfare, but the horse still has to be making more than they're spending, or likely to do so, for them to keep them. Unlike a hobby owner, the horses future, long term care etc isn't as important because they aren't pets, or hobbies, they are for making money.

As others have said, this is common throughout many industries. Using something without regard for other things concerning it. Cutting down parkland for shopping centres without regard to wildlife, importing foods from places that is much cheaper to farm, sending items to be manifactured in places with low pay and poorer working conditions. These are all using something for profit without really considering all the ethical considerations associated with it. I'm not saying this is bad or horrible, it's just the way it is.

As far as animal welfare is concerned, that's not limited to racing either. It comes with all disciplines when money becomes the primary concern. You can see it in some farming, people choosing worse conditions to save/make money, even though it means a lower quality of life for the animal. Again, it's not across every business or industry or person, but the world works around using things for profit. It's not just big businesses too. It's the same concept that makes people not like backyard dog breeders, or even some horse breeders, where people are breeding for the money they can make without concern for the animals future. To a less example, boarding places that skimp on feed or care. It's all about running businesses first.

It's sad sometimes, and it makes me sad and I try to make decisions in my life that support what I believe in I guess.
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But it has animals who can't look out for themselves.
I understand that. I said I think racing should do even more than its doing. Its not enough that the tracks have a ban on the meat wagon. They need to catch and ban for life anyone caught circumventing the ban or selling/having horses in bad shape. Maybe knowing that if you get caught your out for good would bring about real changes.
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post #16 of 24 Old 09-30-2013, 06:09 PM
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This thread is just beating the dead horse.

There's good and bad apples in every discipline. Racing just get ALOT more publicity and its a BIGGER industry than a lot of others so people see it more.

Definitely popcorn time WSA haha I'll bring beer too!
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This thread is just beating the dead horse.

There's good and bad apples in every discipline. Racing just get ALOT more publicity and its a BIGGER industry than a lot of others so people see it more.

Definitely popcorn time WSA haha I'll bring beer too!
I'm always down for beer!!
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post #18 of 24 Old 09-30-2013, 06:23 PM
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We live in a disposable world. Everything from coffee cups to diapers to horses... the mentality of man is everything is replaceable, therefor disposable.

It is disgusting but it happens everywhere. Not just the horse world. And its not just racing in the horse world either. Heck look at some of those public trail riding ranches! Horse breaks down from carrying 300 pound people on 10 trails a day. Its okay, we will replace it with a new one and toss the old one out.
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This thread is just beating the dead horse.

There's good and bad apples in every discipline. Racing just get ALOT more publicity and its a BIGGER industry than a lot of others so people see it more.

Definitely popcorn time WSA haha I'll bring beer too!
What are the popular beers there?
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What are the popular beers there?
There New Mexico? Budlight
There Texas? Budlight
There Hawaii? Longboard

Haha.
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