|For Immediate Release, Thursday 24 October 2019|
Wellington Activists Protest Systemic Horse Racing Cruelty
What: Horse Racing Kills Protest at Spring Race Day
When: Saturday 26 October 2019, 11:30am onwards
Where: Wellington Racing Club, 10 Racecourse Road Trentham, Upper Hut
This Saturday, Spring Raceday at the Wellington Racing Club 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 horse racing as well as using a PA system to educate the public. They will be calling on racegoers to reconsider supporting this so called ‘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) spokesperson Frances Baker said today, “We are against the horse racing industry because of the inherent cruelty horses are subjected to. Horses are sentient beings and feel pain just as much as a dog or a human. If you were to be caught whipping a cat or dog then you would be sent to jail. Horse racing being under the guise of a ‘sport’ should not suddenly make that acceptable. Every aspect of these horses lives revolves around making money and as a result their welfare is compromised.”
On this day the Wellington Racing Club lures people into supporting horse cruelty through supporting charity, hosting family activities and using the facade of glamour, but behind exists a shocking reality for the horses themselves.
Life Flight do wonderful life saving work but that should never be at the expense of others.
“We will witness families attending the races on Saturday. We need them to think about what they are supporting. By attending they are encouraging an industry which thrives off both animal abuse and problem gambling, affecting individual lives and breaking up families. With New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing making it easier for people to bet via the use of technology, they are also encouraging the public to gamble on horses lives.”
Recently we have seen investigations at an slaughterhouse in Queensland, Australia which revealed horrific practices where horses were subjected to extreme abuse. (View here.)
“In one year, it is estimated approximately 4,000 innocent horses from the racing industry were killed at this one slaughterhouse alone. When we bet on horses, we are betting on their lives by funding this cruel industry. I think people would be shocked to learn of the numbers of sentient beings that are killed annually, for pet food and for financial gain in New Zealand.”
“On the 5th November we will see Australia stand down for a day because of the Melbourne Cup. When has it been acceptable to celebrate animals being flogged, dying from haemorrhages, heart attacks and fractures? It is only legal when it’s horse racing.”“When no longer profitable, horses are being 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 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” Ms Baker said.
“We are starting to see the younger generation turn away from using animals for entertainment. They see that this isn’t a great day out for the horses but rather a day of abuse. Horse racing is 21st century legalised cruelty”
For More information: horseracingkills.com