Jumps racing is a cruel and dangerous 'sport' in which horses are forced to jump metre-high fences at high speed. It's 10 - 20 times more dangerous to horses than flat racing, and many of the injuries sustained during jumps races can be horrific.
Jumps racing now only occurs in Victoria and South Australia where horses continue to die on the tracks every year. The 2011 jumps racing season was another deadly one with eleven horses dying on track. The first jumps race of the 2012 season claimed yet another victim, Jotilla, who fell and broke his leg at the second last hurdle. He was killed on track.
The Victorian and South Australian Governments and racing industry leaders deem it acceptable to have an 'allowable death quota' for horses (the 'target' fatality rate set by industry is about 15 times that of flat racing). So long as they permit jumps racing to continue, they share the responsibility for every horse dying on the tracks, and every punter maimed or injured. Please add your voice and let them know that the community will no longer tolerate this cruelty.
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I am appalled that jumps racing is permitted to continue in spite of horses continuing to suffer horrific injuries and die on the race tracks.
The horrific images of horses breaking their necks and their legs on racetracks will never be forgotten. Placing horses at such risk of death and injury is not acceptable.
None of the excuses put forward by the jumps racing industry for the continuation of this cruel 'sport' are acceptable -- and claims that horses will be shot, or go to the knackery has only given the community greater insight into how ruthless and uncaring the jumps racing fraternity are.
Please act on behalf of the concerned community and ban jumps racing.