PETA reminds us that the price of unparalleled material prosperity is that silly people find themselves with idle hands and extra money to commit folly. Bereft of the spiritual and intellectual tools to have any sense of perspective, the fools of PETA have asked for the suspension of Eight Belles' jockey, Gabriel Saez. Eight Belles was euthanized following her second place finish in the Kentucky Derby after she broke both front ankles after crossing the finish line.
"What we really want to know, did he feel anything along the way?" PETA spokeswoman Kathy Guillermo said. "If he didn't then we can probably blame the fact that they're allowed to whip the horses mercilessly."
Eight Belles trainer Larry Jones said the filly was clearly happy when she crossed the finish line.
"I don't know how in the heck they can even come close to saying that," Jones told The Associated Press on Sunday. "She has her ears up, clearly galloping out."
Guillermo said if Saez is found at fault, the group wants the second-place prize of $400,000 won by Eight Belles to be revoked.
I'm surprised they did not advocate the banning of horse racing entirely. Does anyone have any doubt that the loss of Eight Belles was devastating to her owners, trainers and jockey? What a bunch of insensitive and ignorant asses.