You know things are bad on Australian racetracks when you can’t decide whether to highlight that:
1. THREE horses were killed on Queensland tracks in just THREE days
2. THREE horses were killed in just ONE day across Australia’s tracks
3. SIX horses were killed in just THREE days across the country.
Last week in just 3 days of horse racing:
Thurs 12 November: Gatton QLD
Darci’s Money suffered a shoulder injury whilst being raced and was killed. He was old for this industry – age 12 – and had been moved around much of the country to race 76 times since age 2. Three embargoes had been placed on him in recent months then lifted – no details available. His death was supported by race sponsor ‘Agricultural Requirements.’
Friday 13 November: Emerald QLD
5-year-old Tadween suffered a catastrophic injury to both fore legs and was killed. His death was sponsored by Woods Tyre Services – Emerald QLD
Friday 13 November: Canterbury NSW
4-year-old Alrillo was killed after suffering an injury to his near foreleg. An embargo had been lifted just two months prior for being lame in the same leg. His death was sponsored by Cyren Bar & Grill – Harbourside, Sydney
Friday 13 November: Moonee Valley VIC
At just 3-years-old, Fender Bender sustained a “serious racing injury” and was killed on the track. His death was sponsored by The Leighoak Club in Oakleigh, Vic
Saturday 14 November: Home Hill QLD
5-year-old Quezmar was killed as they tried to lead him to the track. He “became fractious prior to entering the parade yard and as result sustained a fracture to the near hind leg“. He had been galloped on during a race earlier this year.
Saturday 14 November: Bathurst NSW
7-year old Turcotte was killed after a leg injury during his barrier trial. Turcotte was previously retired and later an embargo was placed on him pending a vet certificate and successful trial. The vet certificate embargo was lifted the day before the trial which caused his death.
All of these horses valued their lives as much as Anthony Van Dyck but none of them were killed in the Melbourne Cup so their deaths were ignored.
Send a message to racing sponsors that you will no longer support their business so long as they support the abuse, exploitation and killing of these beautiful horses here.