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TOWARD A SPEEDY END
As part of an article for The Nashville Banner, I interviewed several trainers, owners and officials. They agreed that there is a practice of cruelty on the part of some trainers, but that progress is being made to stamp this out. Orman Gilmore, a judge, said, for example: "Some of the treatment these horses are getting is a disgrace."
The president of the Breeders Association, H. Tom Fulton, in discussing cruelty to these animals, told me: "It is serious. It may or may not be getting worse, but I do know that our association is starting to take steps toward cleaning it up."
The association has indeed named a special committee of three of its executive committee members to discuss with state officials a law similar to that which protects Walkers in Kentucky. This, of course, follows SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S suggestion.
The Nashville Humane Association has been quietly investigating reports of cruelty for over a year without being able to nail down positive evidence or prove guilt. SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S article has provided the publicity that is the most effective weapon in matters of this nature and has stirred the proper people into action.
The only solution is for the other seven clubs to completely boycott the Yanks—make no deals at all with them.