Ban Sulky Racing in Ireland

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Sulky road racing, in which children as young as 10 hitch horses or ponies to lightweight carts and race them down busy motorways, is a cruel barbaric activity.

The horses are often raced at far too young of an age to be ridden, meaning that they are at a higher risk for torn ligaments, broken bones or other serious injuries. They rarely have proper shoes or tack. And their riders usually have no permits or insurance, meaning that any horses wounded during the races are likely to be killed on-site.

For that matter, there are usually moving vehicles on the road at the same time as the sulky races, putting motorists, pedestrians, the sulky riders and the animals themselves in grave danger.

This outdated practice has no place in modern society! Ask the Government to put an end to this immediately!!