Does this breed deserve to be killed? Or can it be saved?
For those who have never heard of the equine races: the races are held in three different countries, Japan, South Korea and Israel. Here is how they work: 1) If a horse wins, he will receive a medal, and 2) if a horse is disqualified, he will get two silver medals from the trainers.
They last for approximately 10 hours, with the horses running around in a field. While these races are very long, the horses tend to get tired after about half the races of the three countries.
The Japanese and South Korean horses have been called “bloody crazy.”
Both Japanese and South Korean horses, as well as other types, are considered very “vicious.” The horses’ hooves can break glass, and some even bite hard enough to break bones. One of them even mauled a trainer.
According to Japan’s official website, “the blood and muscle-blood of the horses is usually used to make Japanese beer, but I don’t think they put that very high in that beer.”
But, the equine races are not only cruel, they are also wasteful of energy and money.
The Tokyo government spends about ¥15 million (US $158,000) for each race and a lot of effort is put into promoting the event. In Israel, the government gives the horses free travel in all weather conditions and sponsors the racing as well! In South Korea, the owners get to keep the money.
It’s not difficult to come up with other reasons the races are cruel. There is the fact that a lot of horse farms where horses do the races have been destroyed by bulldozers. Also, many of the breeding stables are overcrowded and not the places where the horses are meant to be taken care of by trainers.
And don’t get me started on how cruel the horses’ tails are or how much money they make! One trainer told me that each tail can make about four to five thousand yen (US$47 to $90) and most people keep around 100 to 200 tails.
The reason? Horses’ tails are extremely valuable and they only have so many. The average tail can make between 300 and 500 thousand yen or US$3600 and up – so if a trainer makes two-thirds of what he can earn by training in one year, he and his family loses out. In Japan, the only way to earn
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