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Ban ILLEGAL Sulky Racing/Driving in Tipperary.

This petition had 20,158 supporters


We are calling on Tipperary County Council, Department of Agriculture & An Garda Síochána to carry out their responsibilities under the Control of Horses Act (1996) to remove this danger of illegal Sulky Racing/Driving from Tipperary’s roads despite this practice being illegal in Ireland.

It has nothing to do with tradition or culture, just because its culture, doesn't mean it's good. When did it become acceptable & legal to whip a horse to a state of exhaustion on our roads?

Driving young horses and ponies flat-out at excessive speed's on Ireland's busy roads is not only risking the lives of innocent road users, the people involved in sulky road racing, but also the welfare of the animals." All it takes is one trip or stumble which can be fatal to cause significant injury to the horse or cause a serious road traffic collision.

From an animal welfare point of view, these animals are often far too young to be broken, causing serious damage to their undeveloped joints, torn ligaments, common injuries are broken knees, hocks, swollen joints and neck injuries which are often the result of badly fitting tack & shoes.

A serious accident or fatality is inevitable. Tourists to County Tipperary are horrified to see what is happening on our roads. Do we have to wait for a person to die because of this illegal activity before anything is done about it?

The welfare of animals used to engage in this practice has been blatantly ignored.

We want Tipperary County Council, Department of Agriculture & An Garda Síochána to carry out their responsibilities...

We demand that this illegal practice is BANNED from our roads.

 



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