I stumbled upon an article today that made me choose my first post topic immediately: one about race tracks that are sponsored by casinos. I couldn't help but feel angered by the writer's opinion on horses and other animals, especially farm animals in general.
The article explains that the Ontario government will be moving the slot machines out of their race tracks and leaving them where they belong, in a casino. This is partly due to the fact that this government-run operation - casinos, that is - has always funded the horse race tracks with its own money to keep it running. This means that gambling on horses was funded with taxpayers' money. Although I agree that a taxpayer shouldn't sponor gambling, there is a part of this story that highly sadens me.
The writer goes on to say that the result may be that several race tracks will have to close and the horses that usually run may end up being slaughtered because they won't generate any more revenue. As if this wasn't enough (I mean, who wants to see these animals killed without reason and without compassion?), he says that this shouldn't make us cry because horses aren't any different than cows or horses. Having a connection with them doesn't make them any less of an animal.
I'm sure most readers here will agree that having a connection with an animal means that it is special. But how many will agree that farm animals are the same as horses? I am vegan and it would be just as hard for me to see a cow or a pig getting killed than a horse. This man doesn't understand that several of those who oppose horse slaughter also oppose the mistreatment and slaughter of cows, pigs, chickens and anything else that ends up on the mainstream plates of most people across the world.
Furthermore, isn't it unjustified to kill an animal simply because it doesn't generate any more revenue? I don't think so.
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