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Sun., June 28, 2009

Halt the stampede

Come August, our state will be subjected to another annual exhibition of the utmost cruelty – the Omak Suicide Race. The riders are volunteers. The horses are not. They are galloped to the edge of a precipice and spurred down the almost vertical hillside (68 degrees). They trip and fall and often pile up, breaking legs.

That’s not enough “thrill.” They are then forced across a river, sometimes drowning. Since 1984, 20 horses have died in this race, not counting the injured. One would think our state is civilized enough to stop this act of animal torture.

Doris Gerhart

Spokane Valley



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