|For Immediate Release, Saturday 3 April 2021|
The Oakbank Carnival is no more – activists celebrate outside the gates
What: Activists celebrate the end of the Oakbank Carnival
When: Saturday 3 April 11am – 3pm
Where: Oakbank Racecourse – Shillabeer Road entrance
The Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR) and Animal Liberation South Australia (ALSA) supporters will be in attendance this Saturday at Oakbank but this time not just to demonstrate but to alsocelebrate.
At midday, the demonstration will turn to celebration as bubbly (alcohol free) and cakes will be enjoyed at Oakbank. The only fun being had at Oakbank will be outside the fence.
“It will be a very different type of demonstration this Saturday as we take the opportunity to celebrate a small but important victory” said Elio Celotto, Campaign Director for CPR
“We’re excited that the Oakbank Carnival has finally been withdrawn from the South Australian Easter celebrations and that’s thanks to the people who once attended the carnival choosing to no longer support animal cruelty. That should send a strong message to South Australian Thoroughbred Racing that cruelty to animals will no longer be tolerated.”
“Instead of propping up a sport that is not supported by the general public, it should be using that money to fund a retirement plan for racehorses who are likely to end up at the knackery or slaughterhouse.”
For the last 12 years, both groups have attended the Oakbank Carnival calling for it to end, due to the inherent danger of jumps racing for the horses. In that time, at least six horses have been killed at the Oakbank Carnival, with another killed whilst being trialled for the event.
Despite the great news that the Oakbank Carnival is no more, jumps racing continues in SA -for the moment. CPR and ALSA will continue to campaign for a ban of a sport and draw attention to a culture in horseracing that treats horses like disposable objects.
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