Lori begins the show with an extended discussion about the pervasive cruelty of horse racing. This season, California’s Santa Anita Park has attracted significant media attention and activity on social media, as the number of horses who have died there keeps growing. Even Senator Diane Feinstein called for an immediate moratorium on racing at Santa Anita.
At least 1200 horses die on US racetracks each year. When a horse suffers a “breakdown,” usually one or more leg bones has shattered, almost always a fatal injury in horses. These unfortunate animals quickly get euthanized right on the track behind a screen, or out of sight after being carted away. Lori describes many other aspects of the cruelty that is an inextricable part of the industry. Remember horse racing is not a sport, it is a business and a gambling industry that exploits animals to the extreme. Protests are occurring at tracks around the US this year, including a large one which took place at the recent Belmont Stakes in New York. Lori suggests visiting Horseracing Wrongs to learn more and find out how to join those working toward ending horseracing in the US.
Then, legal expert Bob Ferber joins Peter to discuss two recent legal stories. First a New York restaurant owner is facing huge fines for refusing to allow service animals in his restaurants, in defiance of the Americans With Disabilities Act. And then, an airline passenger has filed suit against Delta Airlines, after being bitten by an emotional support animal belonging to another passenger.
Then Lori gives July 4th advice to help you manage your pets’ anxiety that may be caused by the noise and lights of the holiday’s fireworks.
We conclude with a fun piece about cats in popular songs including The Siamese Cat Song, Walking my Cat named Dog, Stray Cat Strut, and the theme from Felix the Cat.