Horses still up to date on events?: cruelty to animals in customs and horse racing

For many years, I didn’t bother visiting the Düsseldorf Rose Monday parade, Venice parades or horse racing events. This is what happens to a lot of people right now and it’s totally normal. If entrepreneur trading is the top priority in horse racing, it is the tradition of cherished customs that one always likes to point out.

But public opinion on the topic of animal welfare has changed dramatically in recent years, especially among the younger generation.

This generation in particular is increasingly campaigning to protect the climate, their future, and animal welfare. In addition to meat-free or vegetarian diets, activities and interest in animal welfare are increasing sharply.

And because I was born in 1964, I no longer belong to the younger generation, but I understand their thoughts, their concerns and their ideas very well.

While thousands of manufacturers in the 1960s took to the streets for peace and against nuclear power in the 1980s, it is the children and youth of today who took to the streets to protect the climate, the environment, animals, and take a stand.

After a “major experience” as a guest at a horse fair in Aachen and various discussions with equine experts a few years ago, I now see the topic of the use of horses at trade events and in customs very decisively.

During a visit to the Dusseldorf Racecourse, it dawned on me that it was all about commerce and the gratification of vanity, not animal welfare.

Money and “seeing and seeing” are the focus of events at the Dusseldorf Hippodrome, which are held on horseback.

spray. Killed: For racehorses, injury and death are always just a hoof strike as the animals are forced back to their best.

Officials view horses as sporting equipment, not living creatures. This completely unsympathetic view can be tried, for example, with trees and climate protection. Here trees are not respected as important and necessary living organisms, but degenerate into the so-called “green elements”.

Would something like this help us?

Horse racing can result in serious injuries or falls. For an animal, this means early death by euthanasia. In the organizer’s vocabulary it is appropriate for the media: “Animal has been retrieved.”

Every year in Germany alone hundreds of animals die because of horse racing.
Is this still up to date? As we slowly learn to approach nature more carefully, animal care still takes time.

If the horses could shriek loudly in pain and fear, the runway of Dusseldorf Racecourse would surely be empty and the sponsors would turn their backs to the organisers.

Unfortunately, this is not the case.

Horses are trained very early on to run and trot. Some of them are only two or three years old and are not yet fully grown. They are forced to perform cruel and unnatural work. The skeleton and tendons have not yet formed properly, which is the reason for tendon damage and bone fracture.

It’s no different with humans. Why do you think I couldn’t start bodybuilding and strength training until I was 18? You must have a reason.

Medications are given to horses to withstand this physical and mental stress. The adorable and delicate animals are redirected to the racing machines. They should work to entertain sponsors, partners, and guests. High bet amounts and animal health is not at the fore.

For these reasons, today I decided for the first time to take part in a demonstration organized by the animal protection organization in front of Stadt-Sparkasse-Düsseldorf. For a number of years there has been an annual demonstration against Stadt-Sparkassen-Racing Day at the Düsseldorf Racecourse. Stadt-Sparkasse-Düsseldorf has sponsored the event with high-value cash prizes for many years. Do Stadt-Sparkasse-Düsseldorf customers like it? Today’s numerous discussions with Sparkasse customers prove otherwise. Unfortunately, no official of the Banking Institute dared to come to our door and seek a conversation with us. From afar, I saw a Sparkasse press spokesperson in the bank building, who unfortunately was not available to speak to us.

On Sunday, August 21, 2022, the big “Sparkassen Family Day” will be celebrated at the Dusseldorf Hippodrome. In addition to the races, there is a colorful back-up program to distract you from the real problem.

Fortunately, on this day, animal welfare activists, animal lovers, and local citizens are available to provide advice and information to visitors about this commercial cruelty to animals.

This topic should not be held against guests and should not be held responsible for it. I haven’t been different in years.

It is said that, after extensive discussions with animal rights activists, visitors to the racetrack did not attend the event and went home again.

Event organizers and sponsors such as Stadt-Sparkasse-Düsseldorf are responsible.

The same goes for habits. Here traditionalists always like to refer to their traditions, but they forget that a lot has changed around them in the past few decades. Summer is hotter, parades are higher and the number of guests is much greater. The current example from Düsseldorf shows that officials do not care about the safety of horses. A horse died here in July 2022 during a gun show in Konigsallee. According to the previous owner, the horse should never have been used for the moves because the horse had a previous disease.

Here, on the same day the accident occurred, I submitted a citizen’s application in accordance with paragraph 24 of the NRW Municipal Code, according to which the Dusseldorf State Capital Council must decide that horses should not be used in carnivals and traditional parades with guns in the future. The request will be discussed in the Suggestions and Complaints Committee on 9/1/22 and I hope the request will reach the City Council. It remains to be seen if it will eventually work. But it is another step in public awareness and awareness raising.

After the accident with the dying welder at Königsallee, it was decided a day later to hold the big show through the Hofgarten on foot. Proof that it does well without horses and that every step in the right direction is good.

By the way, in Bonn it was decided not to use horses for the carnival from 2023.

Horses are flying animals. Everything related to an event, including transportation, is stressful for animals. So what is the point of horses today at such events, where animals, as well as guests young and old, are in great danger?

I’m a big fan of Rhenish customs, love the political carnival and sporting events in Dusseldorf, but please, no animals.

Why can’t we finally break with these traditions for the good of animals and people?

Our young generation in particular no longer wants to see suffering animals at customs, equestrian events, or in the circus. But it is precisely the habits that require fresh blood from the youth.

I think it’s time to update this topic.

The Stadt-Sparkasse-Düsseldorf Board of Directors should adopt this modernization and distance itself from its participation in horse racing.

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