Not just from the questions about the horses dieing early this week in a polo match but the sport itself is in trouble. In many ways, this year’s Kentucky Derby, just 11 days away, will be a horse of a different color. The actual two minutes of racing should not be a departure from the past. There will be a large field. The start will be a cavalry charge. The best horse may or may not win, depending on jockey pilot success in finding a crack in the usual Great Wall of Churchill that the horses create as they turn for home. Other similarities will remain. The mint juleps will taste like medicine and be overpriced. New boundaries, in design and common sense, will be pushed in women’s hats. And, within 30 seconds of the winner’s crossing the finish line, the horse’s connections will be asked about winning a Triple Crown. Indeed, the Derby is the happiest time of the year for racing. But then, this year’s especially needs to be, because much in the sport leading up to it hasn’t been a belly laugh. Here’s a scorecard of current-day horse racing: Item: Hollywood Park’s summer meeting begins Wednesday and […]
A New York based artist just release his latest work that includes Disney characters in real life scenarios. The animal ones really resonated here at ALOP. Just amazing and surprisingly real feeling in our hearts. We only hope this will help people get the perspective they need to stop game hunting and treating animals in such a horrible way. Abusing animals does not make you stronger it only shows your weakness.
Some Orcas Were Kidnapped and Sent to SeaWorld Orcas that were at SeaWorld before 1972 were likely kidnapped from their ocean homes. For example, Tilikum, a 32-year-old orca, was captured at the age of 2 by a marine “cowboy.” Tilikum wasn’t taken from his natural environment because he was injured—instead, he was torn away from his family against his will and confined to a small concrete tank for a hefty profit. Diving with Dolphins hurt A scientific study by Newcastle University found that dolphins in close proximity to humans experience extreme stress, “preventing them from resting, feeding or nurturing their young.” Despite these findings, SeaWorld continues to allow park guests to swim and touch dolphins at its Discovery Cove location in Orlando, Florida. Orcas who weren’t captured where killed In 1965, the first-ever orca show was performed by a female orca named Shamu at SeaWorld San Diego. Shamu, like Tilikum, was kidnapped before the Marine Mammal Protection Act was enacted in1972—during Shamu’s capture, her mother was shot with a harpoon and killed before the young orca’s very eyes by a marine “cowboy” named Ted Griffin. Griffin’s partner, Don Goldsberry, later worked for SeaWorld and was assigned to bring orcas into […]