Saturday, May 01, 2004
I know nothing at all about horse racing. I saw the scene in My Fair Lady, and I'm pretty sure there's one in a James Bond movie, too. Also, I just saw highlights from the Kentucky Derby on ESPN. I know that people do terrible things to animals and don't feel guilty about it. But usually, there's some kind of mechanism -- we're really good at not thinking about the conditions under which animal meat is generated. I just saw sports highlights of large men, desperately and repeatedly striking their horses with black rods. Do groups like PETA make a big deal about horseracing? I think there could actually be some intuitive traction, there -- I have a hard time thinking that ordinary people couldn't be pursuaded to recognize the apparent cruelty.