|For Immediate Release, Tuesday 5 November 2019
Grave concerns for injured Melbourne Cup runner
Horse protection campaigners hold grave fears for 4-year-old Irish horse Rostropovich who finished last in the Melbourne cup, appearing to suddenly slow down in the last 400m of the race.
Post-race updates are coming in that Rostropovich was unable to weight-bear and has a suspected fractured pelvis, and has been taken to Werribee veterinary hospital.
If Rostrovopich succumbs to his injuries, he will be the 7th horse in as many years to be fatally injured from the Melbourne Cup.
Quotes attributable to Elio Celotto, Campaign Director for the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses.
“We hold grave fears for Rostropovich because we know that one racehorse dies every 3 days on Australian racetracks, with 122 horses being killed in the last racing year. Rostropovich could become the 7th fatality in the Melbourne Cup in just 7 years.”
“Even if Rostropovich survives, Australian racing has already demonstrated clearly that ‘horse racing kills’. Both on the track as these magnificent animals are pushed to breaking point, and at the doggers or abattoirs when no longer profitable.”
“Rostropovich was whipped, tongue-tied and now injured – how’s that for a trifecta?”
“The Melbourne Cup might not be the only thing Rostropovich loses today – he could lose his life too.”
“We seriously hope that Rostropovich doesn’t become another Red Cadeaux – kept alive until the carnival hype dies down and then euthanised.”
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