Petitioning ACT Racing Minister Joy Burch and 19 others

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

*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


Letter to
ACT Racing Minister Joy Burch
Racing Victoria, Operations Manager Paul Bloodworth
SA Sports Minister Tom Kenyon
and 17 others
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)
QLD Racing Minister Steve Dickson (QLD Racing Minister)
NT Racing Minister Matt Conlan (NT Racing Minister)
Racing Victoria, Communications Manager Shaun Kelly
VIC Racing Minister Dr Denis Napthine
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
Tasracing Dr Eliot Forbes
Racing & Wagering WA Richard Burt
Federal Sports Minister Senator Kate Lundy
WA Racing Minister Terry Waldron (WA Racing Minister)
I have been absolutely shocked to see this footage and to learn that the Australian racing industry sends thousands of racehorses to a premature death each year, simply because they are not "profitable" enough.

Racing Victoria -- and other states -- must immediately commit to introducing a levy to fund an animal welfare plan. If just 1% of all betting turnover was given back to the racehorse, this would result in $143 million annually. Along with a retirement plan, the racing industry must aim to reduce the number of horses bred each year to ultimately stem the issue of wastage.

I call on you to end this ruthless slaughter which sees horses killed for dog meat, or human consumption.