Urge the Racing Board to ban the whipping of racehorses
  • Petitioned Peter McGauran

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Acting Chief Executive, Australian Racing Board
Peter McGauran

Urge the Racing Board to ban the whipping of racehorses

    1. Petition by

      Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses

 

In Australia, whip rule changes were brought about in 2009 with racing authorities recognising that hitting horses with the aim of making them run faster was a PR nightmare, and as such the padded whip, and a number of restrictions were introduced.

Unfortunately, members of the racing industry (particularly jockeys), revolted and as such the whip rules have been so diluted and the penalties so impotent, they breached on a daily basis and are practically useless.

The introduction of the padded whip has also not significantly improved animal welfare outcomes, as it is still being used as a tool of fear to inflict pain. As the photo on above clearly demonstrates, the shaft is making contact with the horse, not the padded portion.

 

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    • karen tworkowski SOLIHULL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 months ago

      It is cruel and unnecessary, horses are natural athletes and dont need to be forced to go faster.

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    • Eloise Watkins DERBY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 months ago

      I can't stand to see a horse in pain for entertainment purposes, it's sick.

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    • George Edwards PEMBROKE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 months ago

      It's not acceptable to whip animals! Ban this cruelty now!

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    • Fien Mercken LANAKEN, BELGIUM
      • 5 months ago

      i have 9 horses and they don't deserve it to be abused!!

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    • Cerbanic Alexandra Ileana BUFTEA, ROMANIA
      • 5 months ago

      Stop animal cruelty once and for all!

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