Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal of the NYS Legislature has released the following statement in advance of the Belmont Stakes this Saturday:
“As we have seen with the use of animals in circuses and marine parks like SeaWorld, the days of using animals for entertainment must be numbered. Each year, dozens of young horses succumb to fatal injuries on racetracks around New York State. This is not family entertainment, as the industry would like you to believe. It’s cruel, it’s unnecessary and it’s certainly not worth a $2 bet.”
This is, to my knowledge, the first time a state legislator in NY has called for the end of horseracing. A truly seminal moment. Thank you for your courage, Ms. Rosenthal.
Then this from Bill Maher:
When the politicians and celebrities begin to see it – endorse it – change is at hand.