|For Immediate Release, Friday 30 October, 2020|
More Routine Racehorse Slaughter Exposed In Thoroughbred Stud Heartland
One year after the airing of the 7.30 story exposing the routine slaughter of racehorses at a Queensland abattoir, the slaughter continues in the heartland of thoroughbred country in NSW.
The footage taken (watch here) in NSW at two knackeries, Kankool Pet Foods and Highland Pet Food, located in the vicinity of the largest concentration of thoroughbred studs in Australia, shows racehorses including brood mares, recently raced horses and un-named racehorses killed for pet meat.
Elio Celotto, Campaign Director for the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses “It begs the question, considering the convenient location of these two knackeries to the largest concentration of thoroughbred studs in Australia, why weren’t these facilities investigated by Racing NSW.”
“Again it’s left up to the animal activists to do the dirty work the racing industry should be doing. If they were serious about stopping the slaughter, these two facilities would have been the first to be investigated a long time ago and certainly in the last 12 months.”
“The fact that the slaughter of racehorses continues right under the noses of the racing industry in NSW, three years after Peter V’Landys announced that no NSW racehorse would be sent to slaughter, is further evidence of an industry more intent on saying the right things than actually doing it. The public relations exercise is now over and immediate action is need.”
“The RNSW rules preventing the slaughter of racehorses in NSW may look good on paper, but unless they are properly policed, horses will continue to be treated as disposable objects and end up being killed when no longer profitable.”
“The shocking footage released yesterday by Farm Transparency Project is further evidence of an industry that is incapable of self- regulation and one that says all the right things yet repeatedly fails the very horses they say they love and will protect.”
“Full transparency is now needed and every horse born into the racing industry must now be accounted for.”
CPR is also calling for the fast-tracking of the National Horse Traceability Register that would act as a deterrent for those who are more inclined to taking a short cut to the knackery instead of finding a permanent home for their horses.
In the mean time, CPR is calling for all state and territory governments to introduce legislation to compel the racing industry to account for every racehorse born into the racing industry and make this information available to the public.
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