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Tragedy, 17 horses lost in Langley fire, worth millions

As reported in the Vancouver Sun, “one of B.C.’s top racing duo’s lost 17 racehorses in weekend fire.” The 17 racehorses that died in a burning Langley barn Sunday afternoon were worth as much as $1 million and carried high expectations of star power on B.C.’s harness-racing circuit.” (Vancouver Sun, Tuesday June 3rd, 2014)

In the whole article, there is not one mention of the severe trauma and horror that these mostly two and three year old “Standardbreds” must have experienced.

There is an outpouring of loss and sympathy towards JJJ Stables and their family, because of course, its all about the money lost, for that really is the only value of horses in the racing industry.

“These horses were just starting their careers, he said, and estimates they were worth up to $1 million.”

Few still understand the complex horror that the horse racing industry creates for these exquisitely beautiful creatures. It requires an in depth and deep look at behind the scenes financing and basically a look at where these horses end up when they finish last, most often the kill floor of some sickening slaughter house.

To learn more about the horse racing industry please check out this American website, Director and Founder Katia Louise has created a movie revealing an in depth look at the entire “process” of a race horses life, from birth to the finish line, which is death. And it isn’t pretty.

The fact that these racehorses are broken down into financial losses and games, the fact that any living creature can be defined based on its financial liability, shows the sickness of our world, the deep sickness of our society. One that is based not on compassion, but illusion and entertainment at the cost of humanity and humility.





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