This month, Jet Set — a horse forced to compete in equestrian eventing at the Tokyo Olympics — appeared to be injured in the middle of the cross-country course. Veterinarians diagnosed an irreparable ligament rupture in one of his legs, and he was euthanized.
PETA urges authorities to investigate the death of Jet Set and examine veterinary records to determine whether he had a preexisting injury.
The Swiss Olympic team says a horse named Jet Set had to be euthanized after a leg injury in the team eventing competition. https://t.co/x1tSFgQyBI
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Unlike humans, horses don’t choose to participate in dangerous events—they’re forced to. PETA is calling on the International Olympic Committee to remove eventing from its list of sports immediately, along with the other equestrian disciplines of show jumping and dressage. Leave the Olympics to the willing participants.
No Horse Belongs at the Olympics
Horses are intelligent, empathetic animals. If given the choice, they would live in nature with a large group of friends and family, graze in meadows, and travel long distances, running and playing. They have sensitivities, needs, and desires that are entirely independent of what humans ask of and expect from them—especially including hopping on their backs at a moment’s notice for a ride or an Olympic event.