Let’s save the race horses one hoof at a time!

Let’s save the race horses one hoof at a time!

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Horses are intelligent and emotional animals with unique personalities. They have the ability to pick up a humans emotions and can form bonds with both humans and other horses that withstand years of separation. Unfortunately in the high stakes racing industry they are often treated as commodities.

One of the foremost troubling words within the sport lexicon is ‘wastage.’ Wastage refers to the horses that are discarded by the racing industry. Around 11,000 thoroughbred goals are born each year in Australia. Thousands of those foals will never make it to the racetrack either because they don’t run fast enough or because of illness, injury or unsuitable temperament. For the horses that do make it are likely to have a racing career of only 2-3 years, yet they have a life expectancy of 25-30 years.

We don’t apprehend what happens to the horses when they exit the racing industry. What we do know is that 8,500 adult thoroughbreds can exit the racing industry annually. Even thoroughbreds that have won hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize money can end up in sale yards and sell for as little as $340. Statistics about the number of animals that end up in abattoir are hard to find. The industry claims that only a small percentage of retiring thoroughbreds in Australia go to the abattoir, but this refers to the horses that go directly to the abattoir. 

We do not know what happens to horses when they exit the racing industry. What we do know is that around 8,500 adult thoroughbreds will exit the racing industry each year. Even thoroughbreds that have won hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize money can end up in saleyards and sell for as little as $340. Statistics about the number of animals that end up in the abattoir are hard to find. The industry claims that only a small percentage of retiring thoroughbreds in Australia go to the abattoir, but this only refers to the horses that go direct to the abattoir. Horses may change ownership, move interstate, be used for breeding or other equestrian pursuits, before being sold to the knackery and there is no accurate or transparent system for monitoring this.

 

Once signing this petition you are helping save the lives of thousands of horses, Thank you!!

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