If you’ve been following this site over the past week, you know we’ve been all over the situation in Maryland. All three network affiliates in Baltimore have covered our position – with, crucially, our information and even more important, our messaging. But the best news yet: With the Preakness on the horizon, I was granted this op-ed in The Baltimore Sun, one of the nation’s most influential newspapers.
Here is more coverage from yesterday:
CBS Baltimore: “Patrick Battuello of the non-profit Horseracing Wrongs said he’s not surprised the suspension was reversed relatively quickly. He said if anyone really cared about the horses, racing would be shut down permanently. ‘They come out with these assurances that no stone will be left unturned, that all safety protocols are being reexamined and that equine welfare is paramount,’ Battuello said. ‘In the end, business gets right back to usual, and the horses will continue to die, guaranteed.'”
NBC Baltimore: “A horse advocacy group called Horseracing Wrongs said the track isn’t the problem; it’s the industry. ‘From breeding for speed to employing pubescent bodies, to the incessant grinding, forcing them to run at an unnatural rate, in an unnatural way and through unnatural means, horseracing guarantees a certain level of killing — guarantees,’ the group said.”
And finally, largely because of us, ABC Baltimore ran a poll asking if Maryland should ban horseracing. The results speak for themselves…