Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
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.