As I’ve oft written, there is no better catalyst for moral progress than protest. While this can and does take many forms – phone calls; letters; social media postings; voting and purchasing decisions, of course – without question the single most provocative, and by extension newsworthy (in the eyes of the media), is protest in the streets. Indeed, this is how every great social-justice movement in our nation’s history began.
Saturday, at Santa Anita Park, the site of 43 animal kills in 10 months, about 100 passionate activists massed to voice their collective outrage. This was, we are proud to say, a Horseracing Wrongs event. Conspicuous by their absence were the mega advocacy groups (you know who they are). While we at HW fight this vile industry on a shoestring budget – with all that comes in going right back out in protest materials, billboards, bus benches, etc. – these other groups, sitting on obscene piles of money, do little to nothing of value. In short, if you are against horseracing and wish to join the fight, please support, including financially, Horseracing Wrongs.