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Blinders are off over tragedy at Kentucky Derby

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May 6, 2008

IN HIS May 4 article "Triumph, tragedy at Derby" (Sports), Mark Blaudschun writes that Eight Belles "was trying to become the fourth filly to win" the Kentucky Derby. That's a tragically romanticized way of looking at a horse that was bred into a sport in which her human masters pushed her beyond her limits for fame, glory, and money.

Let's not fool ourselves. When we use animals for sport, entertainment, food, clothing, and so on, we do so for our purposes, not theirs. When they die or are killed as a result of their exploitation, we see more starkly the unnecessary harm we cause these creatures for trivial purposes. And, at such times, we ought to be questioning whether it is morally acceptable to be using them for our own gain at all.
ERIC PRESCOTT, Allston

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