Quote: Originally Posted by MikeyDB
I beg to differ.
You and many others here at CC don't like to think beyond the linear. Corruption in "sport" whether it's steroid use or doping horses at races is the same thing. For entertainment, fashion and a variety of reasons, money and power being the most basic, we as a species will tolerate and flock to events that bring great harm to other living creatures.
If Vick didn't organize dog fights and no one went to and gambled on those fights...would someone else do it....sure they would....if we don't have the appetites what would be the point in terrorizing torturing and killing all kinds of creatures? Good clean fun?
All true. To a point Mike. Corruption can be found in anything people put a hand to. But this is not to say that all things are corrupt. You can't an extreme and claim it to be the norm. A few people simply torture animals. This doesn't mean that all people torture all animals. Some animals wouldn't exist at all if not for people. Dogs and Cats for example. You can say they are just like wolves but those who know understand they are very different creatures.
I understand the point that we as a species, don't do very well when it comes to fitting in with the rest of the planet and it's inhabitants. But this doesn't mean that there aren't people who do. I would suggest that it's the majority who will, given the chance and the means to.
Horse racing is a good example though. Like Olympic athletes, horses too are drug tested. They have to be clean going into the race or they get scratched. This isn't to say that drugs aren't used on horses for of course they are. But that when a horse lines up to race, it's system is clean.
But like a professional, they go through a rigorous training and nutrient program with every little advantage taken to enhance their performance.
Your typical thoroughbred isn't a horse that would naturally occur.
As it happens, my brother is the manager of a thoroughbred horse farm out on the west coast. They hay they grow is carefully considered, tended and harvested right on the farm to ensure that it is exactly what they need for the horses. And so that they know exactly what it is that is going into the horse.
It costs about $90,000 to get a mare bred with a champion stud there. Once the foal is born it runs around on the farm for two years before it does anything. All that running around costs about $200,000 to get the foal to the point where it can start training to race. It's huge money involved here. But my brother doesn't make huge money. Granted he's comfortable and all but he doesn't do that because he is raking in cash or that he's some corrupt nut who likes to hurt horses.
For that matter, there used to be a show on tv called Black Beauty with Micky Rooney some time ago. In scouting out locations to shoot the show, they happened across the farm. A Mercedes pulls up the road and they ask my brother where the owner was and explained a little about what they wanted.
He told them, they would be allowed to here, and they smiled and nodded and gave him the "we got the cash" look and off they went up to the house. About a minute and a half later they drove off the farm never to return. It was a pretty short conversation. Simply because, the commotion of such a thing would bother the horses.
Another fellow in a hot air balloon landed his rig on a field with a couple of horses in it and spooked them. After the owner and my brother got the horses out of the pasture and into the stable, the owner drove the tractor out to where the guy and his deflating balloon were waiting for the pick up team.
I guess the guy said something like it looked like a good spot to set down. The owner drove the tractor with some blade attachment on the back over the balloon ripping it to shreds. And told the guy never ever come back here again.
My brother does what he does because he is really very good at it. He's got that gift some people have that he can connect with horses and they get to understand each other. I'm telling you you would have your hands full if you harmed a horse with him around.
So while there are people who wouldn't think twice about pumping some shyte into a horse for one run and dumping what's left for dog food and glue, it's not the normal method of those who are involved in the sport.
And for those who go to the track to bet on a horse, I doubt more than a few would ever relish in the thought of a horse being injured and having to be killed.