|What: ‘Horse Racing Kills’ protest at the Wellington Family Day Races|
When: Saturday 26th January 2019 11am
Where: Wellington Racing Club, 10 Racecourse Road, Trentham, Upper Hutt.
This Saturday, Family Day at the Wellington Racing Club will see anti-horse racing protesters demonstrating outside, raising awareness about the effects of problem gambling and betting on horses.Activists will be holding placards and banners at the entrance of the racecourse calling on racegoers to reconsider their support of horseracing.
Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR) spokesperson Frances Baker said today, “The racing industry thrives off people gambling, by betting on horses and supporting horse cruelty. They will sell you the façade of glamour but with easier access to online gambling and apps, it’s very easy to become addicted to gambling.”
“Whilst the Racing Industry are celebrating that their campaigns attracted ‘78,580 first time bettors’, plenty of New Zealanders have a real problem with gambling addiction which causes harm to the individual and his or her family.”
Betting on horses comes with a negative social impact and family day at the races supports and encourages animal cruelty and gambling in society.
“Problem gambling can lead to ill health, emotional and psychological distress, financial harm, poor performance at work or study, relationship issues and crime.”
“The horses are also the victims as prize money lures trainers and owners to push horses harder and beyond their physical limits and to view them as nothing more than money making machines who can be discarded when not financially valuable. It’s bad all round”.
“Horses are suffering for our entertainment and for gambling profits and that is unacceptable.”
“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. We are gambling on horses lives.”