But similarly, we could provide choices to human beings that would reduce on-the-road deaths.
Human travelers in places without trains are like thoroughbred runners: they have no choice of surface.
In conclusion, for both human beings and race horses, we choose not to reduce death rates, even though we could do so. This suggests that our choice to allow race horses to die needlessly is not really a question of our attitude about animals but of our attitude about life itself.
Mark Cramer is the author of the crime novel Tropical Downs and the bicycle racing chronical Handicapping on the Road. He lives in Paris.