|For Immediate Release, Friday March 8, 2019|
Animal activists target two horse cruelty events across two cities
What: ‘Horse Racing Kills’ protest at Wellington Feature Raceday and Auckland Cup Day
When: Saturday 9th March 2019, 11.00am onwards
Where: Wellington Racing Club, 10 Racecourse Road, Trentham, Upper Hutt, and Auckland’s Ellerslie Race Course, 80 Ascot Ave, Remuera
This Saturday, Feature Raceday at the Wellington Racing Club and Auckland Cup Day will see anti-horse racing protesters demonstrating outside the main entrance.
Activists will be holding placards and banners with confronting images of the cruel reality behind horseracing. They will be educating the public and calling on racegoers to reconsider supporting the ‘sport’. They will also be demanding the industry at the very least implement a comprehensive retirement plan for all racehorses.
Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR) Wellington spokesperson Frances Baker said today, “We are against the inherent cruelty horses are subjected to in the horse racing industry. Horses are sentient beings and feel pain just as much as a dog or a human. Every aspect of their life revolves around making money and as a result, their welfare is often compromised.”
“Then, if they survive being repeatedly pushed beyond their limits most are disposed of like a piece of rubbish. There is no retirement plan for racehorses.” she said.
“Horses are bred into a lifestyle that is completely unnatural to them. They are whipped and forced to run for their lives often sustaining injuries that can prematurely make them uncompetitive.”
“When no longer profitable, most are sent to the knackery to be turned into dog food just like so many foals that don’t have the temperament or the natural ability and don’t make it to the racetrack. We are urging the racing industry to at the very least, implement a retirement plan for all racehorses, not just the ones that make millions in profit for their connections.”
“We want people to think twice about attending a racing event. There are other cruelty-free events that you can go to for a good day out. It is not a party for the animals.”
Auckland’s CPR spokesperson Aya McKenzie stated, “There shouldn’t be any victims involved for any form of entertainment”.
“If you really care about animals, you shouldn’t be going to the races” she said.
For more information: horseracingkills.com
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