|For Immediate Release, Wednesday 5 May 2021|
Horrific Fall Today at Warrnambool – Fulmineus killed
As predicted, a horse has already taken a horror fall and been killed at the May Warrnambool Carnival, which is only half way through.
11-year-old Fulmineus fell nearing the end of the gruelling 3450m steeplechase today, a green screen was erected, and his body taken away.
Watch the edited video here.
Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR) witnessed and recorded the fall.
“It is an absolute disgrace that jumps racing continues in both Victoria and South Australia” said CPR Campaign Director, Elio Celotto.
Unedited clips here for your use, credit to Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses.
“With the death of Fulmineus, jumps racing has now killed at least 29 horses at this track alone since 2006, many of whom died in the May Carnival” said CPR Campaign Director Elio Celotto.
“We still have the gruelling 5.5km Grand Annual Steeplechase to come tomorrow, where horses will be forced to jump 33 obstacles – the greatest number of obstacles for any horse race in the world” Mr Celotto said.
Tomorrow CPR will join forces with the Animal Justice Party (AJP) Victoria to take a strong stand against the cruelest carnival on the racing calendar.
CPR’s 2020 Deatchwatch Report found Warrnambool to be the most deadly racetrack in Australia, taking five lives across its jumps and flat races that year alone. Full report available here.
Many horses who seemingly survive are never heard from again, with 40% of horses used in jumps races not returning to racing the following year.
“Every year it is absolute mayhen, with horses guaranteed to fall and be injured for gambling profits and entertainment. Like the Melbourne Cup, a public holiday is declared for the region’s Warrnambool Cup, a blatant and institutionalised celebration of animal abuse” he said.
CPR and the AJP unite in asking the people of Warrnambool and surrounds to join them in saying nup to jumps racing, and nup to the Warrnambool Cup.
For More information: horseracingkills.com
Key facts164 horses have been reported to be killed in jumps races since 2000. These are just the horses we learn of. The real figures would be much higher. At least 29 horses have been killed in jumps races at the Warrnambool track since 2006In 2018, Darren Weir trained gelding Now and Zen was removed from the racetrack after falling at the May Carnival to be killed behind the scenes, therefore his death avoided being reported. This is becoming increasingly common as public scrutiny of jumps races and horse racing in general has increased – watch our short clip on this here.