As a longtime horsewoman, I’m thrilled to know that Barbaro continues to recover as well as could be hoped from his complex and arduous surgery. Horse-racing is a sport that rips your heart out with the high rate of injuries to horses and jockeys. That said, this attitude really irked me:
Regardless, as one person noted, one would expect a greater concern for the health and access to health care of fellow human beings, not of a horse.
“When I first saw the headlines and the coverage on Barbaro, I thought, ‘Where are our priorities?’ This horse is probably getting better care than many Americans living in medically underserved communities,” said Dr. Adam Aponte, medical director at the North General Diagnostic and Treatment Center in New York. “Barbaro’s Injury Provokes Deep Empathy, but Why?” at ABC News
You know, it’s not a question of either/or. It’s possible to be worried and upset when one witnesses a horrific injury occur to a dumb animal. In fact, I’d argue that not to demonstrate some sort of concern at that would be seriously disturbing in a personality. And it’s not as if our concern for this horse takes away from our concern for other people. I would even venture to say that it might increase that same compassionate instinct. One can care for injured animals and do something about the poor and underserved. Humans have an infinite capacity for caring. Unfortunately, as in the case of this fellow, we also seem to have an infinite capacity for self-importance and grandstanding.