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Should horse racing be banned?
The whips used scare and stress the animal.
the horse in the stomach, or flank, is painful for the horse.
Animals are not of moral significance comparable to humans, so fear and stress for the horse is at most a minor concern.
A horse becomes desensitized over time and a jockey sits so far up (so they cause less stress to the horses back) they have no other way to say "go" to the horse. Voice commands wouldn't be suitable in this situation either.