PETA is calling for punishments after a horse received “multiple strikes” during the deadly Olympic pentathlon.
ANIMAL RIGHTS specialists have slammed the equestrian events at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, with some urging for riders to be barred from competing.
Annika Schleu’s horse Saint Boy refused to do leaps during the modern pentathlon on Friday, resulting in a catastrophic performance. A German coach was kicked out of the Tokyo Olympics for hitting the horse during the competition. Furthermore, Natalya Coyle of Ireland did not win a medal in the modern pentathlon because her horse Constantin refused two fences and received multiple faults.
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Ms Schleu and Natalya Coyle’s ill-fated performances were discussed by experts from PETA and World Horse Welfare with This website.
The equestrian team “showed their true colours at the Olympics,” according to Peter Höffken, a specialist at PETA in Germany, with “repeated blows for Saint Boy under instigation to the national coach.”
“We demand Annika Schleu and Kim Raisner be suspended immediately,” he stated.
Saint Boy, he added, “could scarcely walk in a straight line due to the stress,” and he chastised the German crew for “going on the course with this suffering animal.”
“Saint Boy was soaked in sweat, his eyes were wide open with horror, and he had to face a great deal of anguish because Annika Schleu had completely freaked out,” he continued.
“Forcing horses to run a life-threatening course dishonors the Olympic ethos and should be abolished once and for all.
“We demand that all equestrian disciplines be removed off the list of sports by the International Olympic Committee.”
According to Tony Tyler, Deputy Chief Executive of World Horse Welfare, the events on Friday did not show ethical handling of horses.
“To be ethical, the welfare of horses must come first in any sport, alongside the welfare of the riders,” he stated.
“This was not demonstrated in all of Friday’s Olympic rides, as some of the horses were clearly distressed and their treatment was inhumane.
“It’s critical to go over the rules of the UIPM (the Modern Pentathlon’s regulating body).”
Following Ms Schleu and Ms Coyle’s mistakes, Dr Klaus Schormann, president of Modern Pentathlon’s regulatory organization UIPM, said there was “no reason for athletes to complain.”
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