I, too, signed the Eight Belles petition. I just came across this story about the fate of race horses in Puerto Rico. It seems that the outrage over Eight Belles' death is turning the spotlight on this cruelty sport. Let's keep the spotlight on. http://news.aol.com/sports/story/_a/los ... 2009990001
The story does make it seem as though losing race horses in the US don't end up dead and, instead, end up in happy circumstances. This is not the case for many. Some are shipped out of the country to be killed for meat. Others are sold to people who do not have any concern for them as living beings. If you live in Amish country, a I do, you should know that the underweight horses you see pulling their buggies and running for miles in high temperatures on hard roads are usually former race horses. When they, like the horses that plow their fields, can no longer work, they are sold for slaughter. The abuse that these animals endure during their short lives is horrific. This treatment is not the exception, it is standard.