|What: ‘Horse Racing Kills’ protest at the Wellington Cup Day Races|
When: Saturday 19th January 2019
Where: Wellington Racing Club, 10 Racecourse Road, Trentham, Upper Hutt.
This Saturday, Cup Day at the Wellington Racing Club will see anti-horse racing protesters demonstrating outside.Activists will be holding placards and banners at the entrance of the racecourse calling on racegoers to reconsider their support of horseracing and demanding the industry at the very least implement a retirement plan for all racehorses.Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR) spokesperson Frances Baker said today, “We are against horse racing because horses suffer tremendously in this industry. Every aspect of their life before, during and after racing is cruel.”“Horses are bred into a lifestyle that is not natural to them. They spend the majority of their lives isolated in stalls, being fed harmful concentrated diets. Their ability to graze, essential to their general wellbeing, is taken from them throughout training regimes.”
“Studies have proven the whip to be painful for the horse yet in horse racing it is perfectly legal to beat them this way as they are forced to run for their lives, resulting in frequent injury and death.” “When no longer profitable many are sent to the knackery to be turned into dog food and there is no record of all the foals born who don’t have the industry’s desired temperament or physical attributes.”
“Horses are suffering for our entertainment and for gambling profits and that is unacceptable.”
“We are urging the racing industry to at the very least, implement a retirement plan for all racehorses.”“We want people to think twice about attending a racing event. There are other cruelty-free events that you can go to have a good day out. It is not a party for the animals.” she said.
QUICK FACTS There is no retirement plan for racehorses90% of racehorses suffer from bleeding in the lungs directly as a result of over-exertion
90% suffer from stomach ulcers as a result of an unnatural feeding regime
Racehorses are stabled for up to 22 hours per day while in training
The whip is allowed to be used 5 times prior to the 100m mark and then at the jockey’s discretion
The average racing career is less than 3 years.In New Zealand, around 5,500 thoroughbred are raced annually.
More than 3000 thoroughbred foals are born annually.
Many of these foals will not have the temperament or aptitude for racing and will not be accounted for.
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