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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

BARBARO.. The poor horse!!


Barbaro, Dont think it as another mexican food like taco,nacho, burritto etc.. This word, rather name has appeared in the news millions of times for the past 8 or 9 months. It is a horse that won a few very important races with a handsome margin. But last year during one of the races, it got 3 of its bones broken on right hind leg and was in obvious pain. This was shown live on tv, and as usual the media circus went crazy and kept this news alive as much as possible. Due to this media hype, everyone enjoyed the publicity they got while the horse was tortured and tormented in the name of treatment.


Normally, when a race horse gets injured seriously like this.. (Yes what would a horse do without a leg) it will be euthanized immediatly. One reason is to avoid the cost to take care of an injured animal which could run into thousands of $s and another reason is curing these type of injuries are not fully possible which will leave an permanently injured animal, which should be taken care like a baby which again is not possible.


So due to this usual unneccsary media hype, the owners of Barbaro tried to milk as much publicity from this hype, and sent the injured horse for treatment. The bones were broken into 22 pieces and the doctors did their research on the poor animal's leg. They put screws after screws on its leg, and made it to stand on 3 legs. The left hind leg couldnt take the weight and started to get infected. So what did these "brahma's" did?? They hung the horse in a water pool. Crap.. and after 8 months of torture the horse was euthanized as it was in severe pain.

Why do you think wisdom suddenly dawn on them that Barbaro is in pain?? Yes.. thats right.. Media circus stopped running behind Barbaro as they have other unneccsary things to run behind. So the owners and doctors decide no more publicity in having Barbaro alive, and euthanized it on January 29th. And the doctor cried during the press conference, which made me think aloud "Didnt they teach the doc in med school, not to get emotionally involved with his patients?" You thrust a camera and a microphone in front of all these publicity lovers, they immediatly give you an oscar-award-performace.
Fortunately, the super bowl hype started, otherwise the media would have demanded a national holiday and would have started a trust fund in the name of Barbaro to help other injured horses. Who knows.. that might be next..

-S
posted by ACE !! at 9:34 PM

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