PETA: Animal rights group criticizes coach for parading racehorse in pub


A number one animal rights group has criticized an Irish racehorse coach for parading his profitable steed in a pub earlier this week.

On Monday, John “Shark” Hanlon posted a video on Twitter of him main US Grand Nationwide winner Hewick right into a pub as a part of the horse’s homecoming celebrations.

Hewick had gained the profitable race – with a prize purse of $500,000 – in New Jersey on October 15 earlier than returning to Eire.

The video reveals Hanlon strolling into the busy pub with the seven-year-old horse earlier than prospects fell quiet and began taking photos.

Nevertheless, animal rights group Folks for the Moral Therapy of Animals (PETA) instructed CNN that the “publicity stunt wasn’t done for Hewick’s benefit.”

“Horses are not ‘show and tell’ playthings – they are sensitive animals who are easily spooked,” Elisa Allen, PETA Vice President of UK Programmes and Operations, mentioned in an announcement.

“Anybody with a scintilla of respect for horses is aware of {that a} rowdy, cramped pub with out an apparent exit is a annoying and harmful setting for them.

“This … was done for a cheap laugh, perhaps to distract punters from the fact that trainers are still whipping horses, risking catastrophic injuries, and running them to death just for a chance at the prize money.”

In an announcement to CNN, Hanlon responded to PETA’s criticism by saying all the things was double-checked earlier than the horse entered the pub.

“Hewick is a very safe horse, you could nearly call him a pet, he doesn’t buck or kick,” Hanlon mentioned in an announcement.

“When bringing him into the pub we double checked everything was safe. We brought him in, turned him around and walked out with him.”

Hanlon, who within the video regarded to maintain the horse calm, additionally requested for a pint of Guinness. One other video reveals the drink being put to the horse’s lips.

On Tuesday, John Hanlon Racing tweeted an image of Hewick in his secure with a caption studying: “He’s not very drunk, you know, from the small bit of foam that he didn’t even drink cause he had his lips closed.”

Hewick was among the many favorites to win the US Grand Nationwide final month and produced a formidable efficiency to run away from the pack.

The horse is now demanding respect throughout Europe and is being lined up for some large races subsequent 12 months, together with the UK Grand Nationwide and Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The viral video has attracted greater than 500,000 views on Twitter, drawing each criticism and assist.

“Looks terrified,” mentioned one social media person, whereas one other tweeted: “Why would it be terrified, it’s used to being around large loud cheering crowds that … wouldn’t bother that horse.”