The Barrie Examiner has a real weeper about the fate of the Ontario horse-racing industry if the McGuinty Gov. eliminates the slots-at-tracks agreement. It ends with:
“It is a grim situation. If these horses aren’t making the owners money, they’ll have to sell them,” he [Essa Township horseman Stephen Byron] said. “What are we going to do with these horses? It could snowball and in the worst-case scenario, they could go to slaughter.”
If they go to slaughter, Mr. Byron, I'll be happy to eat 'em. One of my favorite youthful memories is of chowing down on horse steaks in France. Very lean, very rare...you can almost hear them neigh. But if we must talk compromise, I would be OK if the McGuinty Libs just reduced the government handout to Ontario racetracks rather than killing them entirely. The rural types that depend on such government largess should be eased off their entitlements rather than being forced to go cold pony... I mean turkey. Bah Hah!