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Make goat racing safer — for ‘jockeys’

Friday, April 21 2017

THE EDITOR: The Easter visit to Tobago, though challenging due to the transport headaches with the air bridge and ferry service, had some memorable times with sea bathing and the annual goat racing in Mt Pleasant and Buccoo.

The goat racing can be made more enjoyable, however, if the organisers in Buccoo do something to avoid the injuries sustained by the “jockeys” of those goats.

The two-legged “jockey” runs alongside the four-legged goat, being dragged along at speeds not normal to the average man. My concern is the short area for these “jockeys” running at break-neck speed after the winning pole.

I have heard comments that goats weren’t bred for racing, that it is cruel to race them and that sport should be banned. But the jockeys are the ones who sustain the injuries yearly. The goats return to their stables healthy and the poor jockeys are limping around without proper medical treatment.

Food for thought.

ATHELSTON CLINTON Arima

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