Protest over Eight Belles' death draws both sides of debate

By: associated press
By: associated press

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- A protest over the loss of filly Eight Belles drew nearly as many defenders of horse racing as it did protesters.

About 30 people from both sides are holding signs outside the offices of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority on Tuesday.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals contend horse racing is cruel. Their signs read, "Stop racing horses to the grave" and "Racing horses beaten and broken." Horse racing supporters stood alongside them defending the industry.

Horse racing supporters stood alongside them defending the industry from the attack with signs that read "I love horses" and "I support the sport."

Eight Belles was euthanized after breaking both front ankles after finishing second in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday.

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