Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses
To promote a more responsible attitude towards the treatment of racehorses, before, during and after their racing lives
To seek improvements for the lives of racehorses before, during and after their racing lives
To facilitate the re-homing and rescue of any animal, but in particular horses involved in the racing industry
Started 5 petitions
Ban the Whip in Horse Racing
A groundbreaking peer-reviewed study released 11 November 2020 has revealed that the horse’s skin is almost identical in structure as humans and has the same ability to feel pain.Sign now to end this blatant abuse of horses.Excerpts from the study: “The results revealed no significant difference between humans and horses in either the concentration of nerve endings in the outerpain-detecting layer of skin (epidermis) or in the thickness of this layer.” “These findings show that although horse skin is thicker overall than human skin, the part of the skin that is thicker does not insulate them from pain that is generated during a whip strike, and that humans and horses have the equivalent basic anatomic structures to detect pain in the skin.”Sign now and send a strong message to the industry and government that whips must be banned. The racing industry has for years been denying what most of us know, saying that the whip doesn’t hurt and that it is only public perception that needs to be managed. Whip rules have changed several times in the last 12 years, yet breaches occur in almost every race. Only a small percentage are picked up and jockeys penalised. Even then, the fines are almost always minimal. Even large fines of tens of thousands of dollars (reserved for the Melbourne Cup) still fail to act as a deterrent, as has been recently proven - article here. However, the biggest problem is not the pain inflicted by the whip, but the flight response it has on the horse who then reacts with adrenalin, trying to run beyond their physical capacity, contributing to the prevalence of catastrophic injury, bleeding in the lungs and heart attacks as is documented annually in our Deathwatch Reports. The only solution, so long as horse racing persists, is to allow horses to run without fear inducing and pain inflicting implements, allowing them to slow down if they need to. That means ending the use of whips, spurs, tongue ties and cruel bits- all designed to make the horses comply through learned helplessness techniques. The state racing authorities and Racing Australia are currently debating the future of whip use in Australian horse racing. Send them and the racing ministers a message that horse racing is cruel enough without these instruments of cruelty. Sign now!
NO BAILOUT For New Zealand's Dying Horse Racing Industry
The New Zealand government recently announced a $72.5 million bailout package will be handed out to the racing industry. We must send them an urgent message that our tax dollars should not be used to prop up gambling and animal cruelty. The fact is, New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing is on its knees, returning a deficit in recent years. If what is occurring in the United States is an indicator, New Zealand would do well by transitioning people out of this cruel industry, rather than propping it up. According to U.S. based Horseracing Wrongs "Just since 2000, U.S. racing has suffered a net loss of 33 tracks; all other metrics – race days, races, field sizes, foal crops, and, yes, attendance are also down, some of these being by 50% of what they were just 30 years ago. But even more telling is that the bulk of the racing industry is being heavily subsidized, with many tracks wholly propped up by slots and other gaming revenue. Clearly, independent, full-service casinos and state lotteries are winning the market, and the competition is becoming that much stiffer with all-sports betting. But legislators, swayed by industry talk of job loss and “tradition,” keep sending lifeboats, which is not only an affront to our free-market principles, but allows for the continued abuse and killing of horses in the process." Horses are mammals who have brains, can think, and feel, grow attached to their young, have fun and feel pain. The group has also highlighted the cultural shift away from using animals as objects for entertainment. "Sensibilities toward animal exploitation, most especially regarding entertainment, are rapidly evolving. In just the past few years, Ringling Bros. has closed its doors for good, ending 146 years of animal abuse; SeaWorld, after being exposed by the film Blackfish, has discontinued the captive-breeding of orcas and remains in steady decline; the National Aquarium has vowed to release all of its remaining captive-dolphins to a seaside sanctuary by the end of next year; both Illinois and New York have outlawed the use of elephants in any form of entertainment; there are rodeo bans in cities as diverse as Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Fort Wayne, and Pasadena; and perhaps most relevant to the issue at hand, last November Floridians voted overwhelmingly to phase out greyhound racing in that state, a monumental win for animals that will in one fell swoop shutter 11 of the nation’s final 17 tracks, leaving dog racing in America all but dead." Millions of New Zealand tax-payer dollars are being used to prop-up a dying industry. Take a stand and tell the government this is unacceptable, and your tax dollars should support essential services and sustainable and innovative business models. The horse racing industry is a for-profit industry. Horses used for racing are bred specifically to be trained, ridden and gambled on. The business model is to make profit, and with the mountains of evidence emerging from every horse racing industry around the world, it is clear that the model is not to love horses and give horses a life worth living. As most owners and trainers have little more than a short-term financial interest in horses, when they are no longer profitable they are treated as a liability. They can be kept in isolated tiny stalls for up to 23 hours a day, branded, auctioned and passed from owner to owner, controlled with nose ties, blinkers, tongue ties, bits, spurs and of course whips. Trainers and veterinarians keep injured horses racing when they should be recovering, by giving them a variety of legal drugs (such as bute) to mask pain and control inflammation. Without the drugs the pain would be too much to bear. Trainers are so incentivised by the amount of prize money that they even resort to doping their horse with illegal “performance-enhancing drugs”, to push their horse past their limits. Tired and exhausted, they are forced to run at fast speeds, flogged by a human on their back, in order to reach the finish line and make the owner millions of dollars. One such injury common in racing is known as exercise-induced pulmonary haemorrhage which causes horses to bleed from their lungs. Studies have shown that 90% of horses are bleeding deep in their lungs. Other common injuries, which often lead to death are cardiovascular collapse, shattered bones, lameness, fractures and tendon injuries. A very lucky few racehorses are retired to pastures so that the industry can exaggerate those stories to avoid what happens otherwise. Thousands of horses are estimated to be unaccounted for in New Zealand thoroughbred racing each year. As was recently exposed in Australia, many horses who become unprofitable or are simply unwanted are slaughtered. This is not in line with New Zealand values, a nation of animal lovers. So the question becomes, why should horse racing be bailed out? Because Winston Peters burrowed his way into Parliament? At a time when the options for other cruelty-free forms of entertainment are endless, we must stop gambling on and being entertained by the suffering and death of animals. Our petition calls for the New Zealand government to review how useful and necessary this bailout package is long-term and to listen to the public of New Zealand. End the cruelty. End the killing. Invest New Zealanders’ money in sustainable, innovative and cruelty-free industries.
Demand An Immediate Shutdown Of The Horse Racing Industry
Horse racing is endangering its staff, their families and Australians at large. The Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses is calling on the Australian Government to remain consistent with the message of minimizing/preventing non-essential gatherings and step in to immediately suspend horse racing until the Corona Virus threat is over.In order to protect these workers, their families and every other Australian they come in contact with, we must demand the racing industry cease operating immediately. It’s simply impossible for workers to handle racehorses and their gear at the track whilst also following the governments social distancing rules. Horses being prepared in the stalls, going into the barriers and returning to the mounting yard are handled by various staff in close proximity to them and each other. Not only has the racing industry repeatedly demonstrated they not care about the horses they profit from, they are also putting the lives of the people on the ground who too make the industry tick over; the strappers, attendants, stewards, grounds persons, jockeys, barrier attendants and those they come into contact with outside of racing at great risk for the sake of profits. Major sporting events across Australia and the globe have done the right thing by their supporters and participants by suspending their activities yet the racing industry continues on. When did horse racing become an essential service? Beginning with the Grand National, the British Racing Authority have now cancelled all race meets at least until the beginning of May. Australia should and must follow suit. A potential spike in problem gambling is also a major concern. People are going to be doing it very tough over the coming months. The racing industry preys on people's financial vulnerabilities and desperation. A complete suspension of horse and greyhound racing will help to protect those who are most vulnerable from such pitfalls. Sign now to demand every state and territory minister responsible for racing and the Prime Minister suspend horse racing immediately.
Ask Kelly Rowland to #PullASwifty
Like Taylor Swift, Kelly Rowland appears to be completely unaware of the shocking abuse and deaths horses suffer in the racing industry. We need to inform her of the cruelty she will be endorsing and ask her to #PullASwifty. It was recently announced the megastar has agreed to perform at Australia's deadliest racetrack, Royal Randwick, as part of 'The Everest'. The Everest has been specifically designed to lure the younger generation who are turning their back on horse racing cruelty to the track and towards gambling habits. The booking of Kelly Rowland is also specifically designed to do the same thing. Kelly Rowland is a powerful woman, a fierce feminist, a symbol of strength and a dedicated philathropist for many social justice causes. She encourages equality and those who have the ability to speak up for others in need to do so, whilst also encouraging self-empowerment. We now need to speak up to her to ensure she knows her support of The Everest promotes the oppression, suffering and murder of thousands of vulnerable horses every year. Taylor Swift backed out of the Melbourne Cup once fans made her aware of the cruelty she was endorsing. We like to think Kelly Rowland will stand up and do the same. Some things Kelly may not know:1) Last year our Deathwatch report exposed more horses were killed at Royal Randwick than any other track in Australia - read here.2) The Everest offers $14 million in prize money which helps ensure horses will be pushed so hard that 90% will bleed from the lungs as studies have shown. With the stakes so high, they will be beaten hard with the whip and pushed well beyond their limits.3) 1 horse is killed on Australian racetracks every 3 days (that we know of - the real numbers would be much higher)4) When no longer wanted, thousands of horses are sent to one of our thirty-three knackeries to be turned into dog food, or one of two slaughterhouses to be killed for human consumption where they endure horrific deaths. These slaughterhouses depend on a steady supply of young horse flesh from the racing industry.5) When in training, the life of a horse used for racing is one of isolation and confinement. They cannot socialise and express their natural behaviours. They cannot graze. They are fed a concentrated diet that leads to 90% of horses suffering painful stomach ulcers. Painful instruments of domination and control are used on them including bits, whips, spurs, tongue-ties and jiggers (electric shock devices).6) Approximately 45% of the horses bred for racing never make it to the track and most vanish without a trace.6) Mares used for breeding the next big winner are tied down to be mated, often against their will, by a stallion who is trucked around the country 'servicing' them. Her foals are taken from her early for training or to be killed if they do not show the desired attributes. Read more here. These do not sound like the kind of practices someone who supports justice and equality should be endorsing. Kelly Rowland - please #PullASwifty and cancel your gig at The Everest!
Ask Taylor Swift to Say #NupToTheCup
It seems Taylor Swift is either completely unaware of the cruel reality of horse racing or she has put money before compassion by agreeing to perform at the 2019 Melbourne Cup. This is an event where at least 6 horses have been KILLED over the past 6 years. With such huge success already, she could easily afford to not only say NO, but use the opportunity to help the horses by speaking up against animal cruelty.The day is becoming widely regarded as a national disgrace, with #NupToTheCup last year trending all day on Twitter.One horse is killed on Australian racetracks every three days. Thousands who are fortunate enough to survive being beaten with a whip and pushed well beyond their limits on the track are slaughtered when no longer profitable. Many don't even make it to the track, killed as foals for simply not having the desired attributes.Taylor Swift is endorsing animal abuse by performing at this event where horses are being killed for gambling profits and entertainment. If she cares at all about other animals the way she appears to care about cats, she will cancel her show and use her voice to make a strong statement that animal abuse is unacceptable and say #NupToTheCup.