Ethical veganism is a philosophy – a way of life that holds that it is fundamentally wrong to use (and of course kill) other species for our ends. (I must include the “ethical” qualifier, as there are people who are vegan only for health – their own, of course – which to my mind is but more of the anthropocentrism that put animals in our servitude in the first place.)
While reviewing the charts, I came across an entrant in the 8th race at Del Mar Saturday: “Vegan.” Yes, Vegan. Now, it’s possible that someone in Reddam Racing, Vegan’s breeder and first owner, is one of those aforementioned food-vegans, and the name is simply a celebration of diet. But seeing how for the vast majority of Americans veganism is synonymous with animal rights, the best we can say about Reddam is that they are stupid. I, however, think it a bit more nefarious. For me, this, the Vegan racehorse, is a taunt – the racing people having fun at our expense. For shame.