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I don't "lump all events involving animals together" and I certainly do not wish to be associated with PETA. And I understand that horses like to work - - as long as the "work" does not cross the boundary into "inhumane." That boundary seems to be a little fuzzy; to me it seems inhumane to ask more of a horse than it should reasonably be expected to do, especially when the task has only the frivolous purpose of entertainment. Civilization has been built on the backs of willing horses that are too often regarded as little more than commodities to be used up and thrown away. They deserve better.
If you read my comment, I think that you will see that I most certainly didn't "lump all events involving animals together". So please don't lump me in with PETA.
I'm of the same opinion as bevperry. The horses really do enjoy this trial of strength. This rearing is the equivalent of a human saying "OK. I'm done." If the horses were exhausted, they wouldn't have the energy to rear. Have any of you people who think this is cruel ever watched these pulling contests? The horses are not hit or abused in any way. They really are eager to start pulling. You cannot lump all events involving animals together and claim they are all cruel. That's the mindset of the terrorist organization PETA.
Well said, bevperry. Thanks!
Sorry to disagree with you guys, but horses are not dogs and they do love doing this, this guy is just feeling his oats, and it is wonderful exercise for them, keeps them lean and muscular.
Sorry you got this reaction Scorpio, this puzzle has NOTHING to do with dog fighting or cock fighting....which i abhor!!!
The difference with what is depicted above and agility trials, etc., is that the animals seem to love what they do, and it keeps them fit and off the recliner. This horse is clearly not of the same mind.
Thank you, scorpio, for understanding and commenting.
I do apologize to those of you who were affected in a negative way by the puzzle above. It certainly was not my intent to hurt or offend anyone. Thank you for this lesson...it was well learned.
I think it depends upon the sport. I'm in total agreement when it comes to dog fighting and such, but I have no qualms about dogs who perform in agility trials and field hunting trials or in frisbee catching. I'm of two minds about horse racing, though. I've seen horses that seemed to thrive on running, but of course there are all the injuries and deaths and illegal medicating as well... And I really don't like the scene above. We as humans have made animals work for us, as transportation and as haulers of plows and cargo, ever since we first "broke" a wild one. Whether or not I can morally justify that, I have trouble seeing the morality of making them struggle, and subjecting them to possible injury, in some task that is totally unnecessary, such as above, to our survival.
Animals should never be used for sport. It's not sporting, it's cruelty.
Thank you for your comments. They are always welcome. :)
I do not doubt that the horses are well cared for. I suspect that fighting cocks are also well cared for.
How else could this horse have expressed his inability to pull a load that was beyond his capability, except by the reaction he showed, or maybe by collapsing in place? Asking an animal to do more than it is capable of is inhumane. Furthermore, it is likely that this horse will learn that he doesn't have to submit to this treatment; all he needs to do is refuse.
I respect your opinion. These horses LOVE to work, and are cared for better than most children. I recommend that you view the weight pulling contests on YouTube before forming an opinion. Thanks for your comment. ;)
This is not sport. This is torture. I almost hope someone got hurt in the commission of this crime against horses.