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Saturday, October 23rd, 2004, 07:29 PM

Court warning on "racist pets"

22nd October 2004

Pet owners have been warned that they could be held responsible for the racist actions of their animals under Britain's anti-hate legislation.

This warning came after astonishing scenes at a English magistrates court earlier this week. "Trigger", a former brewery dray horse of some 12 years but who now entertains children who are able to pet him and ride on him at fetes and fairs was brought before the court for alleged racist behaviour, namely that on April 1st this year, "Trigger" did cause a racially aggravated assault by rearing up on his hind legs and throwing to the ground Ali Khan at a country fair at Follyton near Luton, Beds.

"Rides for whites only" claim

The court heard how the eleven year suffered some bruising but because "Trigger" had happily given rides to youngsters from the white english community at the fair only to throw off Master Khan, it was alleged by the prosecution that "Trigger" had clearly behaved in a racist and offensive manner, causing the Khan family to suffer low self-esteem and claims of being ridiculed following the attack. They sought compensation from the "Bedfordshire Equine Association for Retired Drays" for hurt feelings, and being victims of a unprovoked hate-crime.

Co-accused, "Trigger's" owner, BEARD's secretary, Major Brittan (Black Watch-retd) was called to the dock and provided evidence that "Trigger" was not a hater. With emotion in his voice the octogenarian major who had seen action in Tripoli during the Second World War said that the now notorious horse "loves all children", allowing photographs of "Trigger" at the Dunstable Gala, and the Woburn village summer carnival to be passed around as exhibits. He suggested that a flash camera used by Khan's parents had caused alarm to "Trigger" by which he did rear up. "Trigger" had no intention of assaulting the young boy, he added and the accused had no idea about the ethnic origin of the riders who mount his saddle.

Tip of the iceberg

Mohammed Iqbal prosecuting, said that the news of the incident had appeared in the local newspaper and following the fair, other Muslim parents had contacted him with similar stories. There appears to be institutionalised racism within the equine world and he further suggested that retired shire horses are in particular prone to hate-crimes. Iqbal told the magistrate that "they (Shires) adopt an aristocratic English, arrogant and superior stance no doubt still thinking they live in a world of privilege, superior to horses of other races and contemptuous of those they view as being different". He dismissed the photographs of Trigger posing with Muslim children as "unconvincing forgeries" as there is no significant community of Pakistanis in Woburn he added.


Happier days (taken- June 1998). "Trigger" (on left) in action working for his former brewery family masters.

He called on the bench to set an example to horses everywhere that such behaviour has no place in today's much celebrated and harmonious diverse society and that if any horse or other animal caused suffering to a member of society's ethnic communities, such action would not go unpunished.

Shock at sentence

The court was adjourned for lunch, after which the Magistrate Rebecca Rosenthal announced that the bench, following deliberation over a "singularly spectacular lunch" at Boozy Rouge's in town had found Trigger guilty of racially aggravated assault and declining a custodial sentence due to lack of adequate Prison facilities for horses, she imposed 100hrs community service working in the Muslim communities of Luton until such racist behaviour had been eradicated and that a strong message of non-tolerance of hate behaviour was to be delivered to the equine world.

Awarding costs and damages of 8,500 to the Khan family for suffering from "equine hate", Rosenthal went on to say "Trigger's" advanced age was no barrier to punishment and she said she would be writing to the world-famous animal psychologist Dr. Doolittle who lives near Dunstable to initiate a "race awareness programme" among both working and retired horses who have contact with children.

She deferred verdict on Trigger's owner, Major Brittan pending background social and psychiatric reports.

PS: An 11 year old primary schoolboy was arrested and charged with "racism" in the Scottish Borders town of Innerleithen last weekend. He will now face the Children's Panel. Councillor Shami Khan, who is also a member of the Edinburgh Pakistani Society, welcomed the police action against the boy. Who is smiling now?

Saturday, October 23rd, 2004, 07:36 PM
Just when you thought the government couldn't get anymore retarded. :rolleyes:

Saturday, October 23rd, 2004, 07:42 PM
I dont good speak english. Is here were was speak german?

Saturday, October 23rd, 2004, 07:46 PM
I dont good speak english. Is here were was speak german?


Sunday, October 24th, 2004, 06:54 AM
You have got to be kidding me?!!
This is waaay beyond retarded! :rofl:

Sunday, October 24th, 2004, 10:34 AM
"equine hate"...

Now I heard everything...

I guess some animals dont like the smell of Negroes and Arabs though, they have more sensitive noses than humans after all, and even I can smell that theres something wrong/different with them.

In South Africa they could train dogs to attack Negroes only...

Dr. Brandt
Sunday, October 24th, 2004, 12:34 PM


Sunday, October 24th, 2004, 01:21 PM
In South Africa they could train dogs to attack Negroes only...
We didn't even train them like that - it came naturally. Our dogs always only barked at black people walking past, not whites. Dogs are intelligent.

Sunday, October 24th, 2004, 06:53 PM



Sunday, October 24th, 2004, 07:48 PM
We didn't even train them like that - it came naturally. Our dogs always only barked at black people walking past, not whites. Dogs are intelligent.I haven't trained my dog to dislike people - he just hates everyone that are "wrong coloured" or people that talks/walks "strange".
Animals are very intelligent for sure, if my dog or my cats don't like the people coming here, i know they are no good to be friends with.
I trust my pets more than i trust people :)


Sunday, October 24th, 2004, 07:58 PM
In the near future people will be charging inanimate objects with hate crimes. Like a Pakistani taking a slab of concrete to court because he tripped on a crack in the sidewalk.

Monday, October 25th, 2004, 01:28 AM
I honestly thought this was a joke. If I ever see any of the people who participated in this trial when I visit Britain I will smack the non-sense out of them.