The NYS Gaming Commission reports that 2-year-old Bonafide Bandit is dead after being “cast in [his] stall” at Finger Lakes Tuesday. For those who may not know, “cast” is when a horse has lain down or rolled so close to the wall that he can’t get up or re-position himself. Panic and desperate struggle often set in. While the Commission did not release further details, it’s a good bet that Bonafide’s death was not peaceful.
One of the under-reported and under-appreciated cruelties involving racehorses is their intense, unremitting, solitary confinement – 23 hours a day or more – to a 12×12 stall. For naturally social, free-ranging, herd-oriented animals like horses, this alone should be enough for compassionate people to forever forswear this vile industry.