For Immediate Release, Friday 13 March 2020
Even All-Stars Aren’t Safe From Cruelty and Slaughter
What: Protest at the All-Star Mile
When: Saturday 14 March 2020, 11:30am onwards
Where: Caulfield Racecourse Main Entrance, Station Street, Caulfield East Vic
This Saturday the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR) will be taking a strong stand for horses used by the racing industry and educating attendees that entertainment is no excuse for cruelty.
“The racing industry has been exposed for the routine slaughter of thousands of horses every year, something they have long blatantly lied to the public about” said CPR Communications Director Kristin Leigh. “Here they are spruiking $5 million in prize money when they cannot even ensure the well being of the very horses they profit from”.
“The All-Star Mile will see horses beaten over the finish line where 90% will bleed from the lungs. Horses will almost certainly be injured and perhaps even killed. Many of the horses you see at this event will end up at the slaughterhouse. Even being a star horse doesn’t keep you safe from that.” Ms Leigh said.
The recent findings from the government ‘Inquiry into animal cruelty in the management of retired thoroughbred and standardbred horses’ in Queensland revealed damning evidence, further making the horrific treatment of horses used by the racing industry undeniable. Read CPR’s summary on the report here.
From the report : “The Final Race brutally educated the public that, on a large scale, retired racing horses are being treated as disposable commodities.” Terry Martin SC
The All-Star Mile is yet another attempt by Racing Victoria to lure more people toward the racetrack at a time when horse racing has been proven to be plagued with cruelty and corruption.
“The industry must be called out for their absolutely unacceptable treatment of these horses and attendees must be called out for continuing to support this industry. They can no longer claim they do not know what goes on. We will ensure all racegoers are reminded of the reality of what they are supporting.” Ms Leigh said.
“Ever-growing prize money is great news for the jockeys, trainers, and connections but terrible news for the horses” said Ms Leigh. “We are seeing horses die on track on average every three days. If these victims were human fatalities, this so-called ‘sport’ would be banned outright, not celebrated”.
“We want racegoers attending the All-Star Mile and other events to ask themselves why they continue to support a corrupt and cruel industry.”
For More information: horseracingkills.com