People who abuse positions of power are the worst kind of people. Like parents who terrorize their children. Or even worse, humans who terrorize their animals.
So when this video of a jockey punching their horse surfaced online, people were understandably upset.
The jockey was suspended for two weeks following the attack on the racehorse. In the clip, you can see the poor animal react to the blow that looks like it was placed right in its belly.
People thought his suspension was too lenient of a punishment.
That's animal cruelty!!! Should be more then a 2 week ban....😤😤😤😤— Sarah 🌈 (@sjlangs) November 8, 2017
Absolutely disgusting! Jockey should be punished more than that! Poor innocent horses in this cruel industry!— Gloria Gretsas (@gg_gretsas) November 8, 2017
While animal cruelty groups pointed out that the Jockey's behavior is sadly unsurprising considering the nature of horseracing in general.
The irony is that he would have been flogging that horse with a whip on the track and that abuse is considered a-ok by racing industry ... 🤔— Animals Australia (@AnimalsAus) November 8, 2017
2 weeks = not enough, but no surprise sadly.
Once footage of the jockey's attack went viral, the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses called for a lifetime ban of the jockey for the cheap shot.
Others think that horseracing in general needs to come to an end.
Horse racing as a whole needs to be banned. Pure animal cruelty.— Nyx Starbuck (@TrixterNixter) November 8, 2017
As of now, the man is sitting on a two-week suspension, but if the viral outrage persists, he might be looking at a lot more time off from racing horses.
This isn't the first time a jockey's come under fire for assaulting their race horse. Irish jockey Davey Russell was previously caught on camera striking his horse on the head.