I just read what Pius I of Totus Pius has to say about the Barbaro debacle.
We are sickened by the fact that so much money was spent on this horse (we think in excess of a million dollars) when there are people in the world who do not receive basic medical care. And what happened in the end? The horse was euthanized because of his injuries. All that money that could have gone to helping people instead was wasted on a horse.
That horse was kept alive in order to be used. He would either be used as a racehorse, or as a stud. Either way, he was made an object to be used.
The resources wasted on those months of medical care for an animal could have helped so many in real need. For shame.