I am not sure what was bigger news on the twitter last evening, planes kinda-possibly being found, or a video. Since I follow more horse racing people, I think the latter. If for some reason you have not heard about the video, or seen it, it's linked.
Here are some FAQ's that aren't really FAQ's (these are a bunch of things I saw on twitter), and I am not really answering questions (they'll be simply my opinion), but here goes.
Q: It's from PETA, did they make it all up?
A: It's from them. It's clearly not made up.
Q: It's agenda-driven, and is being used to manipulate me.
A: Yes. PETA does not make videos as a journalistic enterprise. It's PETA, not 60 Minutes. It's incendiary, clipped together, and made to get the most bang for the buck.
Q: They made a big deal about injections and vet work. Like, really?
A: Yes, that part sounds like it was added to inflame, but most of it was non-sensical. My beagle went to the vet last week and got a needle put into his bladder to check for infection. It wasn't pleasent for him I am sure, but it fixed him up. A horse getting fluid drained from his knee is not horse abuse.
Q: Blasi sure likes to swear.
A: I can't disagree
Q: Gary Stevens comes off bad.
A: I can't disagree.
Q: The Nehro stuff was gut wrenching. That is not common is it?
A: I was shocked. I know a lot of good horses who are running in a field right now with those problems, because their owners and trainers decide its best. But to think it's an isolated case is probably fooling ourselves.
Q: The industry will ban together and get mad.......... at PETA.
A: The everyday-apologists for racing, yes. For the rank and file, last year I would agree, too. This year I don't think so. Something is going to happen, but I am unsure what. Let's face it, this video is tough. I bet even the Bad Newz Kennels guys cringed at a couple of parts.
Q: This is a bunch of left wing nuts who don't like racing and it will only appeal to other lefty nuts who don't like racing. So what?
A: A righty friend of mine awhile back talked about how he would like regulation of how food through the slaughter of animals is handled; that he would be happy to pay more, knowing they are treated with respect. If I send this video link to him, he would probably email me back, slamming me for watching a "bloodsport". It's not just crazy wing-nuts, and you don't have to be a fanatic to know it's a different world, and things in that video don't sit right.
Q: PETA will never be appeased, so why try?
A: I agree. I think they won't be happy until undocumented alien cows are given drivers licenses. However, not trying to fix horse racing because it might forward a group-we-don't-like's agenda is not a preferred course of action.
That's my 2 cents.
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