POLL: Is Horse Racing Animal Cruelty?
As Saturday's Kentucky Derby approaches, some activists are claiming horse racing is cruel to animals.
Two horses were euthanized after falling in the Grand National, a 4-mile steeplechase horse race in England, just over two weeks ago.
The Kentucky Derby will bring dozens of horses to compete on a world-famous stage on Saturday, one that sometimes claims the lives of the animals who compete.
An article in The National recently detailed some of what they call "the darker picture behind the glamor of horse racing."
"Some 3,600 horses died from 2009 to 2011 while racing or training in the US, according to a New York Times data study. About 6,600, a figure that is trending upwards, broke down or displayed indications of injury," the article said.
What do you think? Is horse racing cruel to animals? Tell us what you think in the comments section below and be sure to cast your vote in our poll.