QUITE rightly, the RSPCA were concerned about the abuse of a dog found in a pitiable condition in Birkenhead recently ("Who Could Be So Cruel," Globe, October 4).

Yet at the same time they consistently turn a blind eye to the flagrant whipping of racehorses.

To be fair to the Jockey Club, stewards have at least been known to reprimand jockeys for excessive use of the whip but that is presumably because it's all right to whip the horse, but only in moderation.

Am in naive in thinking that any use of the whip is blatant cruelty and reprehensible?

C Bradley,Hoyle Road,Hoylake