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The sport of kings

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The sport of kings

The sport of kings

The great sport of kings
They call the race game
Where horse is mistreated
For money and fame
These greedy rich people
They don’t care at all
That this sport so respected
Is so bloody cruel.

They keep they each horse
To pine by itself
With no herd to run with
They rob him of health
He suffers from ulcers
From the stuff they, he feed
They call the horse wastage
When he don’t fill their need.

Each race causes bleeding
To the poor horses lungs
As they push him so hard
So the damage is done
It takes toll on his tendons
His joints, and his bones
 Then maybe they’ll shoot him
Are their hearts made of stone?

When he’s no more use
He makes a good feed
He no longer is wanted
He don’t fill their need
So he ends up as pet food
That’s how much they care
They call us humane
Yet this is quite rare!!.

6 November 2013 @ 1210hrs.



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  1. Date: 11/11/2013 4:26:00 PM
    reminds me of that old movie called "they shoot horses, don't they?" I barely remember it but I am sure it had this theme. Have you read Black Beauty? that is another piece of literature condemning misuse of the gentle creatures, our horses. good one.

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 11/11/2013 4:33:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I read it years ago Andrea when I was a wee lad. might be worth reading again, now you mention it...Thanks for your comments, my friend...peter
  1. Date: 11/11/2013 1:29:00 AM
    Its sad just how much damage we do to the animals... I am so glad you chose to write on this topic, Peter, great work, thank you!

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 11/11/2013 4:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Bindu, such cruelty is hidden beneath what really goes on, and I love to expose it with my words. I wrote one on Puppy farms, which are also so very cruel. And they call us humane!!! I appreciate your comments, my friend....peter
  1. Date: 11/7/2013 8:57:00 AM
    as always peter beautifully penned dear friend

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 11/7/2013 7:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so much Liam. truly I appreciate you coming to my page and commenting....peter