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Another Derby Day fundraiser has wrapped up and the party clothes have been relegated to the back of the closet. Thankfully, the Kentucky Derby was run this year without an equine fatality despite the treacherously slick conditions, but the drugging, breakdowns and deaths continue at racetracks across the country.

Churchill Downs is no shining star; fatalities are 50% higher there compared to other American tracks. There were 16 fatalities at the Downs last year and 43 horses killed since 2016. Those pretty ponies are given the drug furosemide to keep their lungs from bleeding as they pound down the track. Just something to think about as you raise your mint juleps next year.

And the losers? Many of them wind up in the slaughter pipeline. To quote Ralph Waldo Emerson, "You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity."

It's time the party planners think up a new theme for future fundraisers. More and more people can no longer stomach animal abuse dressed up as entertainment. Look what has happened to Ringling Brothers, Sea World, and greyhound racing. Why would horse racing be exempt? The writing is on the wall.

Carol Jensen, Iron Ridge 

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