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Unsubstantiated rumor mongering
I was greatly disappointed in the printing of Bonnie Erbe's column "End the mistreatment of race horses" May 8 in The News-Enterprise. Her column was chock-full of horror stories depicting the worst sorts of cruelty to horses imaginable. None were documented. None correspond with my own personal knowledge of pleasure and race horses. Kentucky is horse country. The News-Enterprise should apologize to horse owners everywhere for its implicit endorsement of Bonnie Erbe's slander.
No one condones cruelty. If Bonnie Erbe has knowledge of actual horse cruelty, she has an obligation to inform the authorities for appropriate legal action. But she should be sure her accusations are accurate before painting horse owners as heartless louts who brutalize their animals. The News-Enterprise should be sure that the columns they print are at least somewhat accurate and honest. Paul Monday Cecilia