Yesterday, during a public-comment period at a California Horse Racing Board meeting, the activists – the true animal activists, that is, the ones calling for an unequivocal end to horseracing – came out in force. Those who spoke – Amanda Lunn, April Montgomery, Wayne Johnson, Ron McGill, Heather Wilson, et al. – even though they did so as individuals, made us at Horseracing Wrongs so very proud. Thank you for your intelligence. Thank you for your eloquence. And most of all, thank you for your unshakable resolve.
I would encourage a full watch, but one exchange is a must. In response to April’s recitation of the decidedly uncomfortable facts – “they (horses) are dying here” – Madeline Auerbach (below), the Board’s vice-chair, came back with this:
“So are the children. Why don’t you get on a crusade about all of the children going back and forth to school who don’t make it home every day?”
April pressed: “Are there dead horses dying on this track every day, yes or no?” Auerbach: “Are there children dying around the city every day?”
Why, good people of California, are you wasting your time and energy on dead horses? I mean, they’re just horses, for heaven’s sake. (By the way, Ron had a great retort to this when he stated the obvious: Animal rights and human rights are not mutually exclusive; indeed, we can and should champion both.)
Ms. Auerbach also claimed that “our horses do not go to slaughter,” revealing herself as either unforgivably ignorant or a cynical liar. Yes, they slaughter racehorses – by the multiple thousands annually.
We knew going in that people like Auerbach would not go down without a fight; this is, after all, a multi-billion dollar business. But when you have the facts, the truth – the right – on your side, you simply cannot lose. We will keep educating and exposing and the Madeline Auerbachs of the world will increasingly begin to fade away.