PETA must hate people like me. I’m not a vegetarian, let alone a veggan. I have leather shoes, a leather softball glove, and a sheepskin leather jacket. I’m sure the sheep and cows didn’t die of old age when their hides were tanned to be crafted into the accessories I have now. I think I’ve mocked animals too, with my bad impersonations and bad imitations of animal noises. I’m sure any animal watching me would be offended by my behavior (especially when I do the chicken dance).
But when PETA calls attention to the cruelties in today’s horse racing industry, I agree. To tell you the truth, I’m appalled by horse racing. I do think it is cruel to animals. It might not be as cruel as cock fighting or bear baiting or bull fighting or whatever it was that Michael Vick was having those dogs do when he got in trouble and couldn’t play football anymore. Still, I think it’s cruel.
It wouldn’t bother me one bit if horse racing were outlawed (dare I set foot in the state of Kentucky ever again?) for an additional reason. I strongly disapprove of gambling. If horse racing is a sport, and the horses are athletes, why don’t the horses have locker rooms with shower stalls and flush toilets? Why don’t sports reporters ever interview the horses? Don’t tell me that horses don’t talk, because I remember Mr. Ed reruns on TV. So it’s not really a sport after all. It’s just a gambling venue. Hey, if you want to lose money, you don’t have to bet it on horses. You can just give it to me.