The Rights And Ethical Treatment Of Animal Welfare Essay

1292 Words Nov 19th, 2014 6 Pages
Animal welfare is making sure the well-being of an animal is met. There is much controversy worldwide regarding the rights and ethical treatment of animals and many disputes within the sport of thoroughbred racing. According to Dr. John Webster, Professor of Animal Husbandry at the University of Bristol, there are five freedoms that humans need to strive to provide for their animals: Freedom from thirst, hunger, and malnutrition, freedom from discomfort, freedom from pain, injury, and disease, freedom to express normal behavior, and freedom from fear and distress. By following these guidelines there is no reason an animal should not be able to live a happy and healthy life. Associating these five freedoms will help improve “the sport of kings” and create an ethical lifestyle for both horse and human. Thoroughbred Racing has been around for centuries. It was founded in England after the Crusades. Fleet Arab and Turkish stallions were brought back from the Middle East and Asia Minor and bred with stouter native mares.(myfantasystable.com) This new thoroughbred breed became known for its ability to carry weight at fast speeds and long distances. These horses were set up in match races, or one on one, with a prize, or purse, for the winner. In the early 1700s, during the reign of Queen Anne, a sport similar to what we are accustomed to today emerged. Several horses competing against each other at new race courses attracted spectators ready to place wagers. By 1750 the British…

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