Brit Animal Rights Group Books Ads on London Buses
Group level racing for the 2019 – 2020 Australian Thoroughbred racing season returns this weekend, With Flemington offering the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200 m, open handicap) and Randwick wasting no time with weight-for-age racing with the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200 m).
All well and good. The arrival of spring carnival races always feels to us like it did in our youths when the time lapse between the first day of December and Boxing Day seemed an eternity.
What has our attention at the moment, however, is that an animal rights group called Animal Aid in Great Britain has purchased ads on buses advocating for the total elimination of whip use by Thoroughbred jockeys.
Animal Aid might have funding issues, as they placed just 25 of the ads and there are at least 50 buses in London, maybe more.
The group has a catchy tag line, “You wouldn’t hit a dog, so why are jockeys allowed to whip racehorses?”
Our minds conjured the image of tiny monkeys working as greyhound jockeys, flailing away with a swizzle stick or something similar.
It sounds very noble, but Animal Aid’s salvo is part of a master plan to end Thoroughbred racing in the UK.
Animal Aid may have a foot in the door.
There is a small enclave in Colorado named Boulder, where there is an ordinance prohibiting humans from identifying as an animal’s owner. The PC terms are “animal caretaker,” or “animal guardian.”
These outfits can have our hamburgers when they pry our cold, dead fingers off said hamburgers and these animal activists forget that plants, fruits and vegetables in particular, also are alive and capable of suffering.
The British Horseracing Authority was quick, a little too quick, perhaps, to respond, labeling the bus ads as a “gimmick.”
We have had our say many times regarding Australia’s farcical whip rules and until race results are overturned for violations, jockeys will accept the teeny fines and short bans as a cost of doing business.
No buses were harmed in the writing of this article.