Drugging animals to make them do what they would never do under natural conditions is abuse and must be stopped. It's not enough to sound upset and make empty promises about reform.
PETA had planned to unveil a billboard in Louisville asking people not to attend, watch, or bet on the Kentucky Derby while horses are dying on the tracks. Not surprisingly, every single local billboard company refused to post it. But the public deserves to know that the problems with horseracing didn't end with Eight Belles. Horses are still being run to their deaths on racetracks. Most of them just never make the news.
So here's my advice to racing fans who want to help push this industry to rein in its worst abuses. Don't go. Don't bet. And don't watch.
Kathy Guillermo is a vice president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), 501 Front St., Norfolk, VA 23510; http://www.PETA.org.
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