Cross-posted from The Age
WRITTEN BY JARED LYNCH
(AUSTRALIA) — Victorian Racing Minister Denis Napthine has labelled a video of injured racehorses being shot at point-blank range at a knackery as “dramatic” and “overstating” animal wastage in the racing industry.
Animal activists, the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses, secretly filmed the video which shows visibly distressed horses being held in pens not much larger than the size of their own bodies, before being shot by a man with a shotgun at close range.
Activists say the video highlights the issue of wastage in the horseracing industry, with as many as two-thirds of the horses bred for racing never seeing a race track.
While thoroughbreds can fetch millions of dollars at auction, failed or injured race horses can sell for as little as $70. Continue reading >>
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