Failed racehorse shot for slaughter, Australia. Australian Broadcast Corporation image.

Aussie racing minister calls horse slaughter video ‘dramatic’

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Cross-posted from The Age

WRITTEN BY JARED LYNCH

Failed racehorse shot for slaughter, Australia. Australian Broadcast Corporation image.
Failed racehorse shot for slaughter, Australia. Australian Broadcast Corporation image.

(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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2 thoughts on “Aussie racing minister calls horse slaughter video ‘dramatic’”

  1. I personally have no problem with this way of putting a horse down. One shot and it was over. Much better than the way it is done in Canada and Mexico.

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    1. I agree that this means of slaughter is much preferable to the killing methods in Mexico and Canada, but frankly I think it is criminal to breed these animals in the first place. What kind of quality of life did they have? The only value of these beings is whether they make some hick a bunch of cash? And even if they are successful racers, then what? They’re killed as soon as they are no longer generating a buck? I think the whole premise of racing to entertain people is wrong, and I suspect few spectators realize the dire fate of the “rejects” as well as aging racers.

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