Barbaro fans rejoice! The champion racehorse is being immortalized just as he deserves with a statue to be unveiled in New York City’s Central Park this April. While the statue and honor may be no surprise, the thought behind it surely is.
The title of the statue? “The Barbaro Memorial for the Right to Die,” and it is dedicated to the practice if euthanasia. It surely wasn’t what I was expecting either.
The statue depicts Barbaro not during his best times, but perhaps his worst. He’s shown with his stomach and hooves in the air, bringing us back to the moment of his Preakness injury. He may have been put down, but the statue’s backers clearly believe it was well too late.
"A suffering horse cannot call Dr. Kevorkian for an assisted suicide because, like Terry Schiavo, the ailing horse cannot speak for itself," said gallery co-director, David Kesting. It was reported that in the end, Barbaro was biting at people before he was finally allowed to die with dignity."Yes, Indeed.
"We believe a memorial dedicated to the Right to Die will encourage horse owners to forego their own self-interests and act mercifully on behalf of their suffering horse," said gallery co-director, John Leo. "If Barbaro has taught us anything, it is that horses deserve our compassion first."Coming from the same sculptor who did the Britney Spears birth and Paris Hilton autopsy pieces, this one is almost too mild. Perhaps a Dr. Kevorkian sculpture right next to it would be a better combo.
Central Park has too many worthy things within it to count, but the Barbaro Memorial? Only time will tell, but I’m guessing this may be one of the things to skip over.