|For Immediate Release, Wednesday 8 January 2020|
Animal Rights Advocates Take Aim At Magic Millions!
What: Protest Against the Magic Millions
When: Saturday 11 January 2020
Media are invited to attend for interviews and filming from 11:30am onwards.
Where: Gold Coast Turf Club
Promoted as the racing industries most prestigious sales event, the Magic Millions is where the cashed up come to purchase the next big winner.
“The Magic Millions flaunts money and glamour, while just down the road at Caboolture, the very same people are sending the horses they perhaps once profited from to be brutally killed. They are discarded like rubbish” Said Elio Celotto, Campaign Director for the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR).
“The racing industry knowingly continues to breed and sell thousands of horses every year that eventually have no where else to go.”
ABC’s 7:30 investigation exposed the systemic slaughter of thousands of racehorses every year forcing the industry to make token efforts in response, which includes the continuation of horse slaughter.
“The industry claims they do not have an over-breeding problem whilst at the same time making calls for their own monitored slaughterhouses” Mr Celotto said.
Victoria’s former top trainer Peter Moody said in a recent tweet “Why not have an industry knackery for want of a better description to manage and handle horses welfare as humanly as possible. RSPCA puts down thousands of animals each year.”
In response Mr Celotto said “Though we do not support the RSPCA putting down animals who could be rehabilitated and rehomed, to compare the two is ludicrous” said Mr Celotto. “The RSPCA is not breeding animals, giving them behavioural problems, then killing them because they are no longer profitable. That is part of the business model of the horse racing industry.”
“They should be calling for a ban on the slaughter of all horses bred into this industry, but they won’t because that would force them to have to address the over-breeding problem, resulting in a much lower sale and profitability rate at events such as the Magic Millions.”
Things are grim on the track too. At the Magic Millions, two-year-olds will be raced and pushed well-beyond their limits before their bodies have fully developed, so that owners get a chance to see a return on their investments as soon as possible.
“This is one of the many reasons we see one horse killed on Australian racetracks every three days and another reason why so many are sent to the slaughterhouse” he said. “Their bodies are being pushed well-beyond their limits before their bones have even fully fused”.
Protesters will be making these cruel facts and many more known outside the gates of the Gold Coast Turf Club event this Saturday.
Teaming up with Coast to Coast Animal Friends and Animal Liberation Queensland, CPR is expecting their biggest crowd yet.
“Opposition to horse racing is growing significantly as the public becomes increasingly aware of the reality the horses face and the callous attitudes of those involved” he said.
“It has been almost three months since Australians and the world were shocked at the ABC’s expose’ of the routine slaughter of perfectly healthy thoroughbreds discarded by this industry but the horror is still very raw for people and we expect that will continue”. Mr Celloto said.
QUICK FACTS There is no retirement plan for horses used by the racing industry90% of racehorses suffer from bleeding in the lungs directly as a result of over-exertion90% suffer from stomach ulcers as a result of an unnatural feeding regimeRacehorses are stabled for up to 22 hours per day while in trainingThe jockey is allowed to beat the horse with a whip as many times as they desire from the final 100m markThe average time a horse will be raced for is 3 yearsApprox 13,500 foals are born into the racing industry each year yet it does not grow in size.Thousands of broodmares also vanish without a trace each year
For More information: horseracingkills.com
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