Canadian Breeding Bureau Vindicated., Daily Racing Form, 1910-01-26


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CANADIAN BREEDING BUREAU VINDICATED Ottawa Out January 25 Before the special committee which has In band the antibetting Miller bill at Ottawa Dr J J Rutherford live stock commissioner and veterinary directorgeneral of Canada was the principal witness last werk His remarks carried great weight for he above all other government officials save the minister of agri ¬ culture is in a jtosition to speak authoritatively on matters of horsebreeding niid the fact that he is not in any way connected with racing organizations re ¬ moves any thought of bias biasDr Dr Rutherford defended the thoroughbred by the same incontrovertible line of argument as that used by the National Bureau of Breeding He showed conclusively that the thoroughbred sire is necessary to produce cavalry horses for the empire and more than that he proved that the empire needed millions of dollars worth of such horses and expected Canada to produce them themDuring During the Hocr war he said England used 800 000 horses which at the trooper price of 200 por horse represented 100000000 Of these 113000 head were purchased in the United States English bujers were not able to lind the kind of horses nec ¬ essary for war purposes in Canada If this had been a European war said Dr Rutherford England would not have been allowed to purchase such horses except In her own territory or that of an ally The fact that the Boers did not constitute a sovereign power was the only thing that saved England from being crippkd for cavalry horsos The German French Italian and Russian governments had spent large sums of money to import English sires to get cavalry horses Tlie same system was used in New Zealand and Australia and the result was the cele ¬ brated Waler horse used so extensively In India IndiaThe The facts submitted by the live stock commissioner had perhaps more weight than any evidence heard up to that time and he was followed by A E Dyment vicepresident of the National Bureau who told the committee that 20000 Canadian farmers were interested In the bureau work and that England would take 3000000 worth of the produce per annum annumThe The National Bureau maintains that the only way to develop the thoroughbred is by racing him It is this process that eliminates the weak It is the supreme test A horse Is a machine to a large extent jnst the same as an automobile There are those who condemn automobile racing Many men have been killed in such contests but it was this same racing test which showed the weak parts of the automobile and led to the introduction of vana ¬ dium partsThe steel in the vulnerable parts The events of the past week at Ottawa have given the thoroughbred horse a high place in the imperial fabric The eyes of those who look iinon racing simply as a pastime have been opened The serious side of the work has been shown arid the National Bureau after two yearsof work has been vindicated and shown to be an organization which counts for a great deal in the empire There may be some unsatisfactory features connected with racing but those do not count for much when on the opposite side Is a great plan of imperial defense and n mammoth national asset being built In the course of a few years Canada will be able to supply Eng ¬ land with all the remounts she needs and Canadian farmers will reap the reward

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