Australia considers the live export of horses and donkeys for slaughter

AUSTRALIA (Horse Slaughter) — The Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources have indicated they are fielding inquiries from exporters seeking to ship horses and donkeys from Australia for slaughter in overseas markets.

The issue was raised in response to questions posed by Victorian Senator Derryn Hinch at recent Senate meetings.

In response to the Senator’s question DAWR staff confirmed they are preparing advice for the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources to consider extending the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System to include horses and donkeys.

Dr. Narelle Clegg, DAWR assistant secretary regarding animal exports, stated that ESCAS applies only to livestock so the live export of horses and donkeys could not currently be controlled by ESCAS.

Dr. Clegg indicated that they had received inquiries only and that no formal application has been made.

The DAWR is not aware of any live export of horses and donkeys from Australia for the purposes of slaughter.

The man in the suit — Elio Celotto on the life of a horse racing protester

Horse racing protester Elio Celotto (left) of the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses will spend Melbourne Cup day staging a peaceful protest near Flemington Racecourse. Photograph: Supplied to The Guardian newspaper.

by RUSSELL JACKSON | 27 October 2016
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As the Melbourne Cup gets under way on Tuesday, horseracing protester Elio Celotto will be enjoying a far different day of festivities to racegoers

Caslon Quote Left BlackIt’s Monday 2 November, 2015, and the intersection of Flinders and Swanston is closed off for the annual Melbourne Cup parade. The air is thick with the smell of horse manure and the abrasive, tinny sound of a budget PA system with too much treble blasting out race calls of years gone by.

Between two long barricades on Swanston Street passes a motorcade of horse trainers, jockeys and those strange celebrity “ambassadors” that Melbourne’s Spring carnival thrusts forward each year to an apparently receptive and engaged audience – the hundreds of thousands of Melburnians who pour through the gates of racecourses around Melbourne to bet, be seen and most of all it increasingly seems, get thoroughly trousered.

On one side of the crowd, which is never more than two or three spectators deep at any given point, stands a tall and elegantly-suited man of about 50. He could pass for, I think to myself, a solicitor or an accountant from a nearby building, or potentially a racing fan. He seems mildly perplexed but calm as he paces past a dozen police patrolling the festivities.

Directly parallel, outside Young and Jackson’s hotel, stands a scruffy, sunburnt man of about the same age. He’s hurling abuse. “You should be ashamed of yourselves,” he bellows across the parade at one point. I politely inquire whether I can ask him a few questions about his objections to what he’s seeing, a request he declines with a loud and almost sarcastic, “No comment,” and then, after a brief moment’s reflection, a far more emphatic “Fuck off!”

The man in the suit, I find out ofter listening to him read through a megaphone the names of 127 horses he says have died on Australian race tracks in the preceding 12 months, is Elio Celotto, a veteran horse racing protestor and the head of the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR).

A small but determined group, CPR formed in 2008 as a single issue animal rights organisation and continue to peacefully protest at major race meets, lobbying the racing industry for major reform because, they say, nobody else will. Continue reading »

Horse racing protester Elio Celotto (left) of the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses will spend Melbourne Cup day staging a peaceful protest near Flemington Racecourse. Photograph: Supplied.

Hidden camera footage shows former racehorses being killed

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This video is important for people who believe that racehorses enjoy pampered lives and end their days leisurely munching in fields of green, lovingly attended to.

Captured on film in Australia. Warning: Disturbing Footage.

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Surviving laminitis: QUT launches worldwide horse study

Queensland University of Technology

Dr. Melody deLaat, QUT.
QUT researcher Dr Melody de Laat is studying the deadly effects of laminitis. She is pictured with Mia. Source Photo.

It is a disease that has taken the life of Black Caviar’s brother, the most expensive yearling sold at public auction in Australia, but to the average horse owner laminitis is a killer that often strikes without warning.

Dr Melody de Laat, from QUT’s Science and Engineering Faculty, said laminitis – also commonly known as Founder – was a complex and painful condition of the horse’s hoof and that it could affect up to 34 per cent of the equine population.

“It is the second most common cause of death in domestic horses due to euthanasia and one of the most common reasons horse owners seek veterinary advice,” Dr de Laat said.

“It strikes fear in the heart of any horse owner because it is difficult to treat and there is no cure.”

In a bid to counter the deadly effects of laminitis, QUT is conducting a worldwide study to understand what predisposes horses to repeatedly fall prey to this chronic disease.

“The QUT Laminitis Study is trying to find out how frequently different forms of laminitis recur, because once a horse develops the disease it is at greater risk of re-occurrence,” she said.

Dr de Laat said the most widespread form of laminitis was linked to metabolic disease commonly associated with overweight ponies grazing on lush pastures.

But she said all horses were at risk and the condition had affected many champion performance horses at the peak of their career.

“Due to improvements in pasture quality and modern husbandry practices, overfeeding has become common and equine obesity is reaching record levels,” she said.

“If we can better understand the risk factors associated with laminitis, we can look at developing new prevention and treatment strategies.

“Our ultimate aim is to make laminitis a manageable disease and improve horse welfare.”

Dr de Laat said QUT researchers were seeking the support of veterinarians and horse owners who could help by enrolling animals that are affected by laminitis in the study.

“We are looking for detailed information on cases so that we can try to determine what causes laminitis. We will then follow the horse for two years to see if the disease re-occurs.”

“Laminitis is a distressing and potentially crippling disease which affects the sensitive lamellar tissues within the hooves of the horse.”

“Signs a horse has laminitis can vary, although in many cases the disease is well under way by the time it is noticed as there often aren’t visible signs of damage to the hoof.

“While we now know what causes laminitis, there are differing theories on how the damage occurs, which makes effective treatment difficult. A big concern is that all breeds and ages are susceptible, and when a horse gets it, all that vets can do is treat it and hope it gets better.”

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