|For Immediate Release, Monday 9 September 2019|
Racing Minister Insults Horse Lovers
Martin Pakula would rather insult and criticise protestors with legitimate concerns rather than doing his job as racing minister and listen to their grievances.
In a tweet, the racing minister referred to the protestors as “idiots”.
“Perhaps the racing minister could consider who the real idiot is here. With growing awareness of the cruelty horses are subjected to in horse racing, Pakula continues to bury his head in the sand and ignore the escalating public concern.” Said Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR) Communications Director Kristin Leigh.
With the Spring Racing Carnival just around the corner, CPR is calling for a meeting with the Victorian Minister for
Racing to discuss what he will do if another horse is killed in the Melbourne Cup this year.
“A 2019 Cup death will mean 7 horses have been floated out of Flemington dead on Melbourne Cup Day in the past 7 years, that we know of” said Ms Leigh. “The day is becoming widely regarded as a national disgrace, with #NupToTheCup last year trending all day on Twitter”.
Yesterday, horse lovers protested outside the ‘Ride Like A Girl’ premiere at South Yarra’s Jam Factory. A few small groups also successfully disrupted both the film and the speeches of jockey Michelle Payne and director Rachael Griffith, chanting Horse Racing Kills and other slogans that expose the cruel reality of horse racing.
“People are sick of seeing horses suffering and being killed for gambling profits and entertainment. Our movement is growing as people are becoming more and more passionate about this issue. Disruptions will continue” she said.