SPCA fumes at Oscar's race

2012-12-13 12:45

Cape Town - The Cape of Good Hope SPCA has expressed its unhappiness following SA Olympic and Paralympian star Oscar Pistorius' victory against an Arab horse - Maserati - in a "Run like the Wind" race on Wednesday in Doha.

Since news of the above challenge broke, the CoGH SPCA has been inundated with complaints regarding the manner in which the horse was ridden.

VIDEO: Oscar Pistorius 1 Horse 0

If one view’s the video one can understand why the general South African public is so outraged and disappointed with the participation of one of our local hero’s in this event. The horse it would appear was excessively, unnecessarily and cruelly whipped from start to finish (in fact even before the race started) whilst being held back by the jockey who clearly showed absolutely no consideration for the horses welfare or wellbeing.

Allan Perrins, CoGH SPCA CEO, commented: ”In our opinion, this incident has defeated the purpose of Oscar’s message and tarnished his otherwise wholesome image and I am almost sure that when he examines the footage he too will be horrified by the rider’s apparent indifference and would want to disassociate himself from the riders misbehaviour. If this incident where to have happened in South Africa, the rider, organisers and all participants including Oscar would have been charged with cruelty to animals and if found guilty have faced some very serious consequences - not least of all reputational damage.“

The CoGH SPCA presented Oscar’s office with an official Animal Welfare complaint on Thursday morning and Oscar promptly replied with the following: “I participated in the race in good faith as it was to promote abilities across sport and I was totally unaware of any alleged excessive force being used on the horse. I don’t condone any ill-treatment of animals and would always hope that a horse would be ridden in the correct way. Those who know me well are very aware of my well-publicised care and love of animals.”

The Cape of Good SPCA still would like assurances that the horse will be examined by an equine veterinarian to ensure that it suffered no lasting injuries.

HAVE YOUR SAY: Can Oscar Pistorius be blamed in any way for how the jockey treated his horse? Should Oscar rather have elected not to have taken part? Send your thoughts to Sport24.


  • daniel.motlhatlhedi - 2012-12-13 12:56

    Cape of Good Hope SPCA can't blame Oscar if the jockey abused the horse they must blame race organisers nd the jockey for animal cruelity

      punungwe - 2012-12-13 13:42

      What is Oscar Piss'doffurious up to now?

      karen.deklerk.77 - 2012-12-13 14:06

      quite right, but Oscar needs to speak out and condemn what happened in the strongest terms. A total PR disaster for him.

      rodney.louis.7 - 2012-12-13 14:52

      Oscar only trying to make some cash ! the Race organizers abused his fame and the poor horse .. Stupid Idiots

      p.borchard - 2012-12-13 16:48

      karen, get over yourself. Chill. The way you are fuming at the mouth all through this batch of posts, makes me think you are the horse that was pushed to the limit. How about taking a moment to READ Oscar's press release - what more is he supposed to say or do about it- send the horse flowers?!?!?! HE DID NOTHING WRONG, but still he is the one who gets shat on. The reason for his involvement was totally above board - if you and the rest of the holier than thous can't get that, it is you who are in need of a hiding.

      rontheogre - 2012-12-13 19:40

      Correct me if I am wrong, but does this not happen twice a week or more on the racetracks in SA with nobody, including the SPCA, saying anything? Or do the SA jockeys use floss instead of a riding crop.

      Rick.Gonzo.56 - 2012-12-14 09:47

      Stupid hippies

      scarlet.drew.7 - 2012-12-14 15:11

      Hello I live in Qatar and attended the race. Oscar involvement was one that gave those person that are disabled in my country a reason to fight, a reason to believe, Hope. Oscar did not know what was happening I could tell from the video. Please think of the disabled here in Qatar that benefited from the race. We need all of you to help highlight the abilities of the disabled sometimes things go wrong but Oscar deed was intended for the goog of others. Fatama

      jaco.skalkwyk.3 - 2012-12-14 17:04

      The horse was not ready...Oscar just took off, so the result is not acurate.

      flyswat - 2012-12-14 19:10

      Ronald, the jockeys are not allowed to beat the horses. They are closely monitored throughout the race and the stipes will cite jockeys for ill-treatment and may impose a hefty fine and be brought before the board. They are generally quite happy to abide. The same with equine sports. Any misuse of the whip will mean a disciplinary hearing or a banning.

  • renaldogouws - 2012-12-13 12:59

    People will always have things to complain about. I wish the SPCA would complain just as much when a kid gets a hiding from his parents.

      klipkop.degroote - 2012-12-13 13:06

      Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. I dont care if you smack your kid. Your kid will beat you up when he is an adult. Abused animals cannot do a thing, not even f-ing run away! People are sick things.

      Ryan7X7 - 2012-12-13 13:18

      Kids quite probably deserve it, horses and animals don't.

      rob.gunning.1 - 2012-12-13 14:09


      Jane - 2012-12-13 14:09

      Don't be an idiot renaldogouws,

      carl.debeer.52 - 2012-12-13 15:23

      I need a smack!

      Hobohopkins - 2012-12-13 15:25

      Clearly renaldogouws you are an idiott who needs a hiding!

      enaud.llebpmac - 2012-12-14 19:32

      Go fork urself u retard . U and this disabled fool should get a room.

  • gary.desousa.5 - 2012-12-13 13:00

    Stunts for bucks,so sad

      peter.krummeck.3 - 2012-12-13 17:57

      No, Gary: Stunts for a Truly Good Cause. And have you any idea how much cash Oscar is pumping into research in this area - never mind the giving of his own time? You're the one with a sad approach.

  • erich.goosen - 2012-12-13 13:00

    What on God's own earth has the Cape SPCA got to do with what happened in Doha. It is time that the SPCA's in this country concentrate on matters of animal cruelty which happens every day all over the country. They might then be able to get more donors if they stop fiddling with irrelevant matters.

      jill.mckie.9 - 2012-12-13 13:09

      How about caring for animals all over the world . Most horse races are dispicable

      klipkop.degroote - 2012-12-13 13:17

      kinda true but I guess they are saying the bladerunner should have done something about the cruelty instead of going along. Same thing as Adam eating the apple.. And moaning about it now at least creates awareness.

      karen.deklerk.77 - 2012-12-13 13:51

      Dear Erich, the SPCA does more than you know to help animals here; it is within their mandate to speak out against this ridiculous PR stunt. That horse took over 20 hard whips. The letter was from the Cape Animal Welfare Forum, represented by 23 animal welfare organisations. Beating a horse in this manner in public is hardly irrelevant - what mentality of human thinks it is?

      rob.gunning.1 - 2012-12-13 14:10

      It could be that the SPCA is an international organisation? Just a guess.

      p.borchard - 2012-12-13 16:31

      How was Oscar to know that the jockey was a twat?!?!?! Why is he supposed to get all the guilt? And how was he supposed to see what the jockey was up to? He made his views public immediately after hearing about the abuse - what more is he supposed to do? If it wasn't for the irrisponsible jockey, this would have been hailed as a fantastic event by everyone. Good one Oscar - I salute you!

      p.borchard - 2012-12-13 17:01

      Now I get it - according to her fb page, Karen de Klerk is Head of Fundraising & Public relations SPCA · Cape Town, Western Cape. Doll, YOU are the one who is making your name ass. You hoped to catch shine with this press release, but your professionalism is lacking. Taking Oscar to task for someone else's fault does not make you the hero in this case.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2012-12-14 07:39

      No PB, the only one that is making his name ass is you and your lack of reading skills, and of course erich.goosen.

      lydonmcg - 2012-12-14 08:20

      What a load of trash. As if an entire organisation of people can't do more than one thing at a time. What does the local SPCA have to do with it? A local athlete was involved in the event! Your idiotic suggestion that them speaking out against animal cruelty somehow results in less donations coming their way is unbelievable.

  • onlinebaas - 2012-12-13 13:03

    Oscar did it to bring focus to disabled people and what they can achieve. The jockey's actions are not Oscar's cross to bear. Don't take away the focus from disabled people, but please do try and help the animals.

      pat.dreyer.39 - 2012-12-13 14:57

      From the Daily Mail - Oscar: After the race, Pistorius said: 'It wasnt about who won today, it was about just coming out here and showing people that those with disabilities are not to be stereotyped against. 'Thanks to everybody who came out here, we had a good night and hopefully that will do a lot to change perceptions of people with disabilities in this region." If you watched the video, you'll see that Oscar couldn't at any stage see what the jockey was doing. Watch the Durban July and see how the jockeys whip their horses - no complaints then! Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

  • squeegee.pilot - 2012-12-13 13:04

    Would a vet please comment on the use of a riding crop on a horse's butt. It seems to me they have been used forever. I'm quite willing to be led in this by an expert rather than sentiment. I agree it looks bad, but let's hear for someone who knows. I cannot imagine that these valuable horses are generally mistreated...

      MagdaKus - 2012-12-13 13:20

      Maybe a vet would loose all the paying customers after such a comment...

      karen.deklerk.77 - 2012-12-13 13:57

      Does one have to study to be a vet before knowing when to recognise an act of cruelty against a horse? the law in SA (Animal Protection Act) prevents the kind of beating that took place yesterday. If that jockey was in SA he would be prosecuted! Horses are very sensitive animals and a jockey should know that - using force like that is plain cruelty and everyone watched it.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-12-13 17:09

      Karen, as a youngster I often got paddled at school. Even one extra pair of shorts really helped against a cane. I'm sure a leather skin would have made a huge difference. My point is that horses are not 'thin skinned' animals and I would like to know if the riding crop does any physical damage... just asking...

      rowena.watson.1 - 2012-12-13 20:06

      I'm a vet student. Horses are actually relatively thin-skinned. Yes, crops are used in most aspects of riding, but there's a big difference between using a crop as an aid (like to ask for a bit more impulsion over a jump, or more of a bend on a circle), or a smack for being really naughty, and a proper beating, like I think that horse got. It's difficult to fully judge because of the angle, the horse not being the main focus, etc, but I am not impressed by the jockey's actions.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-12-13 21:33

      Thanks Rowena...

      frangelico.paizes - 2012-12-14 12:16

      Jo-Ma. One just has to see how these Arab nations treat their woman and girls to know how cruel they can,I find it strange you thinking the horse feels no pain,a child feels a smack on it's bottom how can an animal not feel being whipped?Personally I would rather spend my time in the company of animals of any kind, than to spend 10 seconds with you

  • NickvanderLeek - 2012-12-13 13:11

    Oscar's a pretty boy, but seems to lack some basic sense of decency when it comes to considering others. He digs the limelight alright, but doesn't even seem to notice the horse before or after the run. That level of vanity is disgusting boet. And it's obvious the race was rigged. The horse wasn't even in the picture. But I'm sure he has so many fans that it won't matter to him or anyone else.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-12-13 13:27

      Huh? Sounds like you just have issues with Oscar regardless.

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-12-13 13:42

      Sunblock is not working for you. I think your brain is a bit damage by the sun!

      karen.deklerk.77 - 2012-12-13 14:09

      I agre with Sunblock - no acknowlegement to the horse? Beat it and leave it!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-12-13 14:45

      @karen, huh?

      enaud.llebpmac - 2012-12-14 19:36

      Yeah it seems like oscar is disabled in more departments then 1

  • carla.l.mclachlan - 2012-12-13 13:18

    Well done SPCA for speaking up for those who cannot!! Such an extremely difficult job you do and continue to do. Attention on the cruelty horses (and other) animals suffer needs to be given. This was not just a hiding!

      roman.caesar.121 - 2012-12-13 13:27

      go eat a veggie burger!! spca blaming the wrong guy.

      morgainne.duplessis - 2012-12-13 13:43

      @Roman.Caesar: Really? Are you seriously going to be that ignorant? Animal cruelty is a serious offense! If you ever encounter what some of the workers at the SPCA have seen you would not have that piss willy comment!! You go eat your meat burger and think about the animals that died in a cruel way (heads stepped on while alive, limbs pulled off while alive, tortured by sick perverts before eventually killed) to fill that fat narcissistic belly of yours!!

      FlipDippenaar - 2012-12-13 14:08

      there are ways and means. sure! speak out against animal abuse. it is shocking. but the way they have done it is just in poor taste. it has taken a great idea for raising awareness and painted one of our athletes and international ambasodors in a bad light. Typical sensationalist journalism.

  • maryann.hammes - 2012-12-13 13:19

    WorriedSA The Jockey abused the horse they should have stoped the race when the wipping started. I hate Animal cruelity!

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-12-13 18:30

      I hate animal cruelty and stupid comments. The race lasted a few seconds, what did you expect? Superman to arrive 2.3 seconds into the race? An official to jump in front of the horse after running from the stands in 1.6 seconds? Huh?

  • klipkop.degroote - 2012-12-13 13:23

    How would you feel if your boss whipped you every day till you eventually could not get up anymore? I would bash him good but can a horse do that? No, we must speak up against animal abuse. And to see people saying the SPCA sucks is well shocking. Here in CPT bergies get drunk and chop of dogs paws for fun, true story. Would you be able to go rescue that dog with chopped off paws? The SPCA can and do, so stop hating them and help them.

  • roman.caesar.121 - 2012-12-13 13:25

    spca go climb back in ur whole..since u unhappy, go report animal cruelty to durban july organizers as well. go report donkey cars as well since the donkey carrying heavy cargo. clearly u cant blame oscar fr the horse whipping.

      karen.deklerk.77 - 2012-12-13 14:10

      No but the SPCA can and should speak out and since Oscar was part of the event, the SPCA acted in a responsible manner. Someone must take the blame for what was a total disaster....

      p.borchard - 2012-12-13 16:51

      karen, "Someone must take the blame" how about blaming the jockey?

      johan.mostert.967 - 2012-12-14 07:44

      Roman and PB, you are both morons. Read the article again. "I am almost sure that when he examines the footage he too will be horrified by the rider’s apparent indifference"

      p.borchard - 2012-12-14 11:00

      johan, maybe you should read the article again - INCLUDING Oscar's press release.

  • steveroodt - 2012-12-13 13:29

    And we soak down the cow then heard it into a tunnel put a gun to its head Bang chain its legs up skin it cut it up place the meat into little white polystyrene containers with a picture of a happy cow with big brown eyes on it we then cook it eat it then digest it then poop it out. Aren't we glad we are Human.

      roman.caesar.121 - 2012-12-13 13:39

      and by doing that u dnt see a spca around the corner and complain!

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-12-13 21:35

      Pass the braai salt...

      frangelico.paizes - 2012-12-14 22:11

      roman.caesar,Animals in abatoirs are killed in the most humane way available,there is a differance in what is called humane & inhumane which is what this f@#king jockey did was inhumane & cruel to whip the poor animal in the way he did.Have watched horse races on T.V they seems to be lightly tapped.But I still don't like horse racing,also heard talk that Bullfighting in Spain may be banned about bloody time i say.

  • andre.schubert.01 - 2012-12-13 13:29

    Very clever way of raising awareness for CoGH dont you think (sic).

      karen.deklerk.77 - 2012-12-13 14:01

      Andre. It is not about publicity and so what if they do get some PR - Oscar got way more. It is about the horse, the event and how that animal suffered a terrible beating. Clearly this does not feature in your mind. Shame.

      FlipDippenaar - 2012-12-13 14:19

      he was being sarcastic. and you are missing the point - event to raise awareness for people with disabilities. And has anyone provided any proof that the horse's treatment was any different to all other race horses? but whatever. your mind is clearly made up...

  • timothy.tanzer.5 - 2012-12-13 13:32

    jockeys hit their boots mostly... not the horse.

      karen.deklerk.77 - 2012-12-13 14:05

      Not in this case - the horse was hit over 20 times. Plain to see. Lots of muscle put into each hit.

      p.borchard - 2012-12-13 16:52

      Karen, leave your home address, I'll organise a homedelivery by Kleenex - you seem to need it

      johan.mostert.967 - 2012-12-14 07:46

      PB, leave your home address, I'll organise a visit by, you seems to need a club to join.

  • vanessa.woest - 2012-12-13 13:33

    this is yet just another publicity stunt by Oscar without legs, he is so scared that he is going to be forgotten about!!!!!!! and he only won because he didn't want the horse to beat him!!!! that's why the jockey whipped the horse, held the horse back etc etc etc

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-12-13 13:36

      Jissie Me Woest many ablebody runners did the samething! Did you also, then carried on like a stupid moron!

      FlipDippenaar - 2012-12-13 14:04

      wow, it seems like you are jealous or something and clearly missing the point. What have you done to help people with disabilities? But no, lets rather eat up how the media spins a story instead of thinking for ourselves.

      karen.deklerk.77 - 2012-12-13 14:04

      He did - he beat it and held it back - if that jockey was in SA he would be prosecuted as he hit that horse over 20 times....I feel so sorry for that animal. I dont think Oscar planned it this way, but he needs to make it right.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-12-13 14:47

      Um Karen, how would you like Oscar to make it "right"??

      karen.deklerk.77 - 2012-12-13 15:36

      A full PR campaign to condemn what happened and apologise for what happened (considering lots of people are upset about it) and also request that the rider and organiser understands why there has been a fuss.

  • andre.schubert.01 - 2012-12-13 13:34

    Oh hang on!? lets hijack the Oscar raising awareness for people with disabilities event in stead of thinking of something original for ourselves .....

      FlipDippenaar - 2012-12-13 14:02

      I could not agree with you more

      karen.deklerk.77 - 2012-12-13 14:03

      It is the SPCA's mandate to act - they were correct in their actions. This is a most unfortunate PR disaster for Oscar, but the fact remains that the horse suffered a terrible beating for publicity. You OK with this?

      david.c.ballance - 2012-12-13 14:11

      Go Andre. as said before, stop Durban July, JnB MET etc......... these are all for greed. OP is raising funds for a worthy cause.

  • izak.nel.35 - 2012-12-13 13:36


      karen.deklerk.77 - 2012-12-13 14:02

      It's not about the CoGH SPCA - it is about condemning a terrible act of cruelty. Think of that horse being whipped - you OK with that?

      FlipDippenaar - 2012-12-13 14:14

      Its a racehorse! have you seen many races? Its a bunch of sensationlist rubbish.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2012-12-14 07:48

      Animal cruelty is their business. You should mind your spelling.

      stefanus.nel.50 - 2012-12-14 11:46

      What's a 'bisinesse'? Do you own a 'bisinesse'? Are you a 'bisinesseman'?

  • stack.jones.7 - 2012-12-13 13:42

    and then you have this ....

      FlipDippenaar - 2012-12-13 14:01

      How is this relavent? If anything it only serves to prove that the SPCA should worry less about publicity stunts and fundraisers in other countries (and painting our athletes in a bad light by association) and take care of business here at home.

      stack.jones.7 - 2012-12-13 14:14

      that was what i was getting at Flip ;-)

      FlipDippenaar - 2012-12-13 14:31

      i see, sorry about that :) it came across a bit like another nob missing the point, and crying about something that did not neccesarily happen. Animal abuse is horrible, ofcourse. but look at any horse race... that is what happens. this is not some horrible insident of animal abuse. its crappy journalism.

      Ohminus.SpaceThys - 2012-12-14 16:14

      I have to agree with you there on the journalism Flipp. News24 rather enjoys sensationalism. Their reporting lacking on every aspect. They seem to get their facts wrong on a regular basis, instead adopting a who's to blame view point in general. I'm quite surprised they did not try to squeeze Malema's name in here somewhere :P

  • punungwe - 2012-12-13 13:42

    What is Oscar Piss'doffurious up to now?

      richard.hipkin - 2012-12-13 14:48

      More than you..

      Kwanele Mzwanele Masoka - 2012-12-13 18:04

      @pointblank;wt happened to yo sense of humour

  • ft.burhaak - 2012-12-13 13:46

    The horse must have bin sedated before the race,thats why they had to whip it so much to wake it up.Oscar probably won the race because the horse was so bablaas,that the jockey was whipping it to run forward and not backwards.

      zwelakhegeorge.myeza - 2012-12-13 17:27

      Another thing that I noticed is that Oscar seemed to have started to run first before the horse could and thus I think that is why the jockey whipped it so hard the way he did, in that way abusing the animal severely.

  • judith.taylor.56 - 2012-12-13 13:48

    Logically the horse should have won easily so the rider is to blame. He appears to be beating it whilst simultaneously holding it back. If I were Oscar, I would declare no contest

  • FlipDippenaar - 2012-12-13 13:57

    Oh man... this is so typical of south africans and the stiff upper lipped UK press (if you wathc the video). The dude beat a horse in a race to raise awareness and help disabled in the middle east, where they are shunned and much more harshly treated that here. Its an awesome idea! Now the whole thing gets soured by some bleeding heart hippies. Its a race horse, thats what they are bred for. sure its not nice to see and i dont agree with the practice, but now placing the focus on how the horse was being ridden and posing the question "can oscar be blamed..." What a load of rubbish. Journalism in poor taste in my opinion.

      snoopy.snoopaloop - 2012-12-14 12:57

      Flip, why did Oscar not raise awareness of DISABLED South Africans? If this was his mission, why not start at home? Personally, I'm no a fan of Oscar, I think he is a real Punk! Specially after his crying at the Paralympics. As it is Government has been cutting their funds to organisiations taking care of Disabled people. and Most south africans with disabilities arn't able to afford a wheelchair, crutches, prostectic legs, and so forth. He had the idea, just executed wrongly. And as for the Jockey & Horse, Orscar should have turned around and requested the Horse to be examined, and to have declared the race null in void. I do tend to get the idea Oscar is a bit of a lime light seeker. His first concern should have been the horse. Period!

  • kswanepoel - 2012-12-13 14:00

    Has his ego perhaps even out run his sportmanship? -My opinion is that Oscar has lost the plot! It seems lately it's all about him. At the Olympics he was quick to complain about another athlete's advantage because of the length of his blades, yet he'll run against a horse, who obviously is built for speed and has long legs!

  • corne.hubinger - 2012-12-13 14:03

    It seems to me that everybody always finds something to complain about. Yes, the horse was manhandled. I don't deny that. But for Pete's sake, go after the Jockey. Oscar was kicking up dust and didn't see nothing...

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-12-13 14:05

    Oh please get a life. Oscar was,nt mistreating the horse by having a race with it. Perhaps the Cape of Good Hope SPCA should go into areas where animals are being mistreated an do something about it.

      karen.deklerk.77 - 2012-12-13 15:40

      The SPCA do go into the areas you suggest - its is also right that they challenge events like this. The Jockey Club SA would never condone beatings of this nature. Oscar was part of the event and it was most unfortunate, but someone has to be accountable. Oscar should be speaking to the organisers to find out how this disaster could have been allowed

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-12-13 21:40

      Karen, you don't have a leg to stand on... Oops, sorry, that's Oscar; yet he's out there trying to do good while you pound the keyboard...

  • chiepner - 2012-12-13 14:11

    Really?!?.....I mean like really SPCA? - then I beg to ask - when at a normal run of the mill Durban July why do you not complain when horses gets whipped repeatedly in those races?

  • - 2012-12-13 14:11

    I bet you the SPCA had money on the horse and lost it all now looking to make a hoohah about the race! hehe

      Jane - 2012-12-13 14:16

      From all the thumbs down and anti SPCA comments on this article, seems like a lot of people have absolutely no problem with animal abuse, very very sad

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-12-13 14:27

    All the negative comments made thus far by people should read the article again and they will see that Oscar said the following:" I participated in the race in good faith etc.I don,t condone any ill-treatment of animals etc" Perhaps the people who are moaning should all approach the SPCA and question them regarding horse races and what happens there.

  • ethel.sleith - 2012-12-13 14:27

    "If one view's the video..." Doesn't anyone in this country - including journalists, it seems - understand the correct use of an apostrophe?!?! Jislaik, mense!

  • ethel.sleith - 2012-12-13 14:29

    "If one view's the video.." Doesn't anyone in this country - including journalists, it seems - understand the use of an apostrophe!?!? Jislaik, mense!

      Jacques - 2012-12-13 15:28

      ''Our hero's'' also grated my balls.

  • jeanine.plessis.3 - 2012-12-13 14:32

    What the hell!! Is the problem now with Oscar or the horse? Or the stupid jockey who clearly does not know how to ride!! At the beginning it looked like he was trying to turn the horse around. LOL!! Yes I hate horse racing and show jumping!! But please I dont think a man can beat a race horse that far!! Show us Usain against a horse!!!

      jeanine.plessis.3 - 2012-12-13 14:33

      Oh and without a whip then!

  • darren.stevenson.520 - 2012-12-13 14:57

    The fact that horses (or any animal for that matter) are kept in stables and owned by humans is an issue in itself. We (humans) destroy everything we touch. Do I even need to go into the Rhino poaching issue we have? Why (if its such a big deal) isn't any sport where animals feature simply band? I'll tell you why, because these types of sports generate money and jobs. The issue here isn't simply a horse being whipped!!! Lastly, South Africa doesn't exactly have the best international reputation, so lets try not to bring down South African trying to promote our county in a positive light.

  • anton.behrens - 2012-12-13 15:09

    Oscar is becoming a real showman, he loves the limeligjt. Natalie du toit is a much netter example!!!

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-12-13 17:47

      I agree, I know a few folk who have met him at various times and it's always the same... what an arrogant d@@s!

  • lmgvillet - 2012-12-13 15:32

    The SPCA addressed this issue in response to a flood of concerns from the public. Furthermore, the SPCA does not in essence "blame" Oscar as is clear from the comment by CoGH SPCA CEO: "I am almost sure that when he (Oscar) examines the footage he too will be horrified by the rider’s apparent indifference and would want to disassociate himself from the rider's misbehaviour." The SPCA did, however, want Oscar's support and acknowledgement in this regard, as this could also go a long way towards creating awareness about these matters and preventing such acts of cruelty in future. And for those who have not seen it yet, Oscar did respond to the SPCA query:

  • edward.harmse.56 - 2012-12-13 16:43

    You know what. These people must get a live. How was Oscar to know how the horse would be ridden. And please they insist that the horse be inspected for lasting injury. Hallo - this happened in Doha - what jurisdiction do you have there? - NONE I say again - GET A LIVE

  • zwelakhegeorge.myeza - 2012-12-13 17:13

    I don't know if the race horses get the kind of whip that was seen when Oscar ran as I'm not a horse racing fan, but it looked very bad and painful. It was cruel indeed, no matter what. Whether Oscar knew about the hard whipping or not, it would not be accepted by a person who thinks for the animals and a person who knows that animals cannot complain for they don't have a way to convey their feelings to us as humans.

  • david.christianson1 - 2012-12-13 19:13

    how would someone "view's" the video?

  • alfred.killian - 2012-12-13 20:15

    Nothing wrong to hit a mare in Arabie.

  • DuckHollowFarm - 2012-12-14 01:54

    The person atop this horse--I hesitate to call him a rider--was incompetent and abusive. I've seen skinned horse carcasses with severe bruising from this type of whipping. Furthermore wild use of the whip does not assure top speed, as is evident in this "race." Schooling a horse to race works a lot better than maniac flailing.

  • paul.defondaumiere - 2012-12-14 07:48

    Peg legs will just say what the public wants to hear, he's a loser!

  • - 2012-12-14 07:54

    If this incident where to have happened in South Africa, the rider, organisers and all participants including Oscar would have been charged with cruelty to animals and if found guilty have faced some very serious consequences - not least of all reputational damage.“ This did not happen here as stated, so SPCA should back off and focus on things going wrong here... They to blame for Putting Oscar in the news not him as he did nothing wrong but race... SPCA need to really get a life, they almost as good as SAPS or Metro.

  • Rick.Gonzo.56 - 2012-12-14 09:51

    shut your hole, hippies

      enaud.llebpmac - 2012-12-14 19:44

      Fork ur mother bozo

  • barbara.duvenhage - 2012-12-14 11:28

    Point one: It is sad when any animal is abused in any manner. Point two: Where is the SPCA when they are neede for "ordinary" abuse and neglect of animals. They seem to only get involved when there is publicity! There are many more deserving animal rescue organisations out there than the SPCA.

      robert.prideaux.1 - 2012-12-14 14:06

      Agree with you BARBARA . Where is the SPCA when normal horse racing meetings happen all around our country on an almost daily basis . I just think this whole thing is blown a little out of proportion

  • scarlet.drew.7 - 2012-12-14 14:58

    I was at the race and am from Qatar. There is no eat Mr. Pistorius could have known what was happening to the horse. He was doing what he does best running. He came to my country an Arab country to help Change the perceptions of disable people. Many disable persons here are teased ignore, but Oscar gave us hope.

  • scarlet.drew.7 - 2012-12-14 15:08

    Hello I live in Qatar and attended the race. Oscar involvement was one that gave those person that are disabled in my country a reason to fight, a reason to believe, Hope. Oscar did not know what was happening I could tell from the video. Please think of the disabled here in Qatar that benefited from the race. We need all of you to help highlight the abilities of the disabled sometimes things go wrong but Oscar deed was intended for the goog of others. Fatama

  • trevor.bush.9655 - 2012-12-14 15:15

    Oscar, you an trying to tell us, you never saw the just a politician.

  • jacques.jacobs.180 - 2012-12-14 16:42

    Have any of you ever seen horses fighting or even mating? There is now way a jockey with a stick can hurt a horse. The CoGH SPCA should rather concentrate their efforts back home and in the townships.

  • wreford.white.9 - 2012-12-14 21:04

    Hindsight is almost always 20/20. Get over yourselves peeps.

  • godwin.symons - 2012-12-14 22:49

    All you guys have totally lost the plot. Answer this for me. HOW THE HELL ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO GET THE DUMN HORSE TO RUN FASTER? By the way the SPCA want animals to vote in the next general election.

  • melissa.k.lamprecht - 2012-12-15 00:31

    Karen, we all here what you are saying, and doing that to any animal is not right.But taking on Oscar for something he didn`t even do ,or knew what was happening is not right as well.He can`t be blamed for what other people are doing wrong! Yes he did run, but he didn`t ride the horse or hit it.Find out who the jockey is, and the organisers and send them your letter! In other words you are also saying that if you and someone is walking with a dog and the person who is holding the dog lost grip of it`s collar, and a car hit him, the other person who wasn`t holding the collar is to be blamed for it???