Whips hurt racehorses. There’s no doubt about it. And science even proves it.
Now, in a world-first, Harness Racing Australia has voluntarily decided to phase out and ban the whip. Not just in races – but on training tracks and stables, too.
In even more good news, the decision was made purely on animal welfare decisions, with industry representatives saying “There is compelling evidence these days that society will not tolerate continued cruelty towards animals.”
Too right! And that’s what happens when we stand up & speak out about cruelty to animals.
Now it’s time for the thoroughbred racing industry to do the right thing by its horses and follow. You can read our proposal for the phase out of the whip here.