• Petitioning Joy Burch

This petition will be delivered to:

ACT Racing Minister
Joy Burch
QLD Racing Minister
Steve Dickson
WA Racing Minister
Terry Waldron
NT Racing Minister
Matt Conlan
Canberra Racing Club
Peter Stubbs
Racing NSW
Peter V'landys
Thoroughbred Racing NT
Andrew O'Toole
Racing QLD
Adam Carter
Thoroughbred Racing SA
James Watters
Dr Eliot Forbes
Racing & Wagering WA
Richard Burt
Federal Sports Minister
Senator Kate Lundy
VIC Racing Minister
Dr Denis Napthine
Racing Victoria, Communications Manager
Shaun Kelly
Racing Victoria, Operations Manager
Paul Bloodworth
SA Sports Minister
Tom Kenyon
Australian Racing Industry & Racing Ministers
Australian Racing Board
CEO, Racing Victoria
Bernard Saundry
NSW Racing Minister
George Souris (NSW Racing Minister)
TAS Racing Minister
Bryan Green (TAS Racing Minister)

Australian Racing Industry: racehorses aren't pet food -- create a levy to fund a horse welfare plan.

    1. Petition by

      Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses

*Warning: the video above contains graphic footage

The racing industry refers to these horses as "wastage". Each year, about 18,000 racehorses are shot and killed -- most of them bought by meat buyers and turned into pet food.

This is what the footage we took during Melbourne Cup week exposed: beautiful racehorses were being hoarded into cages not much bigger than the size of their own bodies -- and shot in the head. Some lay twitching and struggling until a final shot by the handler killed them. 

Thousands of horses are slaughtered each year like this -- simply because they've lost their 'profitability.'

Our spring carnival is internationally renowned. The nation stops on Melbourne Cup day to watch these majestic animals perform. But it's just unconscionable that this industry tries to portray itself as loving animals. And Racing Victoria knows it -- they've even suggested in the past they might introduce an owners levy to fund a new horse welfare plan. 

It's time the racing industry honours the responsibility they have to look after every animal for its entire life, not just while they're profiting off its talents.

Please watch the video. Share it with your friends. And sign our petition urging the racing industry to immediately commit to a levy to fund a horse welfare plan. 

Tell Racing Victoria to commit to addressing this issue this racing season: 



(03) 9258 4258


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 35,000 signatures
    2. Australian Racing Board declares retirement of racehorses a priority

      Just last week, the Australian Racing Board issued a media release, addressing issues within the racing industry. One of the topics was “retraining and retirement of racehorses” which the board acknowledged is a “vitally important area of horse welfare” and that they would invest “heavily.”

      Now that the racing industry has acknowledged this is a problem, they cannot possibly turn their backs on the thousands of racehorses killed at knackeries and abattoirs every year.

      Our job is to make sure that a solution is implemented, and not simply an announcement. Let's keep up the pressure! Visit http://www.horseracingkills.com to keep up to date on the campaign to end wastage.

      Horse Racing Kills.com | Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses | The website the racing industry doesn't want you to see

      I'm glad to announce that the 2012 jumps racing season has finally wound up with the running of the last race in Victoria at Coleraine on Sunday. Unfortunately, as we have seen in years gone by, there were casualties, and while this cruel sport continues, there will be more.

    3. Reached 17,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Pete Dacy AUSTRALIA
      • about 7 hours ago

      Because it shouldn't be happening

      Its a travesty against decency and fairness

    • Ellie Stewart AUSTRALIA
      • 2 days ago

      I own horses, I love animals and I am an animal rights activist.

    • jade zvorc VIC, AUSTRALIA
      • 4 days ago

      Race horses deserve a retirement plan not to be dog food

    • fleur pisano THORNLIE, AUSTRALIA
      • 4 days ago

      I spent many years working with horses and the way they are treated by the racing industry is disgusting.

    • Toni Vermeulen AUSTRALIA
      • 4 days ago

      I just rescued an ex race thoroughbred mare and her foal of just 1 month old direct form the slaughter yard.


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