So one day the broadcasters heard of a man who liked horses but had become so poor that the few he owned were badly fed and stabled. The broadcasters tried to contact the horses' owner but he hid from them. They besieged his house with a camera crew until he emerged and was filmed fleeing from an interviewer who ran after him shouting unanswered questions. This was broadcast along with distant views of the horses, the faces and voices of concerned neighbours, th ecomments of a qualified animal doctor. The owner was subsequently charged with cruelty to animals by the Royal Society for Prevevention of Cruelty to Animals, was found guilty and jailed for several months as he could not afford to pay a fine. The horses were humanely killed because nobody else wanted them.
Which of the following cared most for the horses?
Who gained most by these events?
Who lost most by these events?
From Alasdair Gray, The Ends Of Our Tethers, published October 2, 2003.