Wednesday, April 18, 2007
[Not So] Wild Horses? 
by Lenka Reznicek [permalink] 
Reuters reports on plans to sedate several hundred horses near the Serbian venue hosting the Rolling Stones's Belgrade concert:
BELGRADE, Serbia (Reuters) -- Preparations to sedate as many as 300 horses stabled at Belgrade's racecourse to keep them calm during a Rolling Stones concert have enraged Serb animal lovers who are lobbying to have the gig moved to another venue. The concert is expected to draw more than 100,000 people to the Hippodrome, Belgrade's largest fenced space. The horses will be only a few meters from the stage.

"Horses differ, the same as people. Some are more nervous, more skittish," said hostler Jovanka Prelic. "If they get too nervous or start to panic during the concert, they'll get sedatives." The dozen equestrian clubs at the course were hoping concert organizers would allow a sufficient number of personnel to be at the stables during the concert to give the animals the pills, Prelic added. [read full article]
Keef must be slipping these days; one would expect the contact high would be enough to O.D. a few of those equines. [Image courtesy the Sydney Morning Herald]