REPORTED BY WARD YOUNG
Brisbane 9 January 2014. In Brisbane today, as The Magic Millions horse sale continues on the Gold Coast, a group of people who care about the welfare of horses, staged a protest.
Race horses that do not meet the racing times expected of trainers and owners are more often than not, killed with a gunshot to the head and used as pet food.
A video taken of the shooting of the horses contains an image of horses waiting to be shot trembling in fear as they know what is happening.
Animal advocates say that the breeding industry within horseracing is ultimately what drives the cycle of wastage, by churning out too many horses and not enough homes.
While millions of dollars will be spent on purchasing potential winners at the Magic Millions sales, the losers from just a few years ago are now likely to have been killed for either dog food or human consumption. There is no retirement plan for racehorses.
Animal welfare organisation, the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR) is calling for a nation-wide retirement plan for racehorses, along with a significant reduction in breeding, to reduce and eventually end the horse slaughter industry.
Elio Celotto, Campaign Director for CPR said today “There’s little room for sentimentality in the racing industry. While a horse has that winning feeling, it has a purpose. But when he loses it, in most cases he loses his life.”
“Sending uncompetitive horses to slaughter is the racing industry’s retirement plan in a can. It’s time for the racing industry to spend some of its Magic Millions on the horses and establish a retirement plan for them.”
“All we are asking is that the Australian racing industry commit just 1% of betting turnover, or $143 million annually, to saving racehorses from slaughter. For an industry that is touted as the ‘Sport of Kings’, 1% would be loose change.”
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