Thursday, April 23, 2009

Shame on the Polo Field

21 dead horses in Wellington, Florida after a botched illegal injection of Biodyl, a French made drug that aids in exhaustion. Biodyl is not approved by the FDA for use in the US and is a banned substance. Still the polo team, Lechuza Caracas, thought they were above the law and went and hired a pharmacist to mix it for them and administer it anyway. Every press report keeps calling this a mix up in "vitamins." This was an illegal substance. No one is calling for game suspensions for this team, no one is calling for huge fines for
billionaire owner, Victor Vargas. Instead, they talk about Vargas holding a horses head in his arms as he cried. Probably because he just lost two million dollars in horses. I am not sad for this guy. This guy is a murderer. I am sad for his horses. All reports are blaming the pharmacist....unbelievable. Headlines should read "Polo Team kills its own Horses for Sport" or "Billionaire will do Anything to Win." The only article I found asking tough questions about drugging was this article in the Miami Herald and it is an opinion piece by Linda Robertson. In reading reports...the horses suffered horrific deaths. Shame on polo enthusiasts and participants who go on allowing the drugging of horses for sport. If you truly loved the game, you would be as outraged as I am.

9 comments:

OnTheBit said...

I kept hearing Vitamins too...what a joke! Those poor horses! I am with you...SOMETHING needs to be done! If Courtney King can get in trouble with the FEI for having someone with a banned substance touch her groom and the groom touch her horse how can nothing be done for the loss of these poor 21 souls?

Lori Skoog said...

I could not even watch this on TV it was so horrific. What a way to "love" your animals. This man needs to be held responsible. Anything to win.....

Grey Horse Matters said...

The sad part about this is he will walk away scott free because he has money and knows how to use it. He should be prosecuted, but I doubt that will happen.

Those poor horses. How horrible for them to die for the supposed glory of winning a stupid game. People who treat their horses like merchandise shouldn't be allowed to have them.

Esther Garvi said...

It's horrific what people are willing to do for money, at the expense of others.

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

Wow, that's pretty crazy. I was wondering what the horses were given. How very sad.

Callie said...

WTF? Outrageous!

Saddle Mountain Rider said...

These people should not b e able to won ponies in this country ever a gain. What a terrible thing to do to our ponies.

Blackfeatherfarm said...

I agree with you wholeheartedly, this is an outrage to say the least. Unfortunately the rich can get away with murder.

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