|For Immediate Release, Friday 13 March 2020|
Protesters thank liquor brand for strong stance against horse racing!
What: Horse Racing Kills Protest at Wellington Races Student Day
When: Saturday 14 March 2020, 12pm
Where: Wellington Racing Club, 10 Racecourse Road, Trentham, Upper Hutt
Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR) sends thanks to Part Time Rangers for taking a strong stance against the use of animals in racing.Since the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses in this article accused Part Time Rangers of selective compassion for sponsoring the Wellington Racing Club, the alcohol company has come out very strongly in opposition to horse racing stating:
“We are in no way affiliated with the Wellington Racing Club or the Wellington Cup event, or any animal racing event and this particular outlet did not seek our permission to associate with our brand by having our name on their website, or giving away our product to their guests. We are not, and will not ever sponsor any event that is associated with animal racing. We were offered an opportunity to ’sponsor’ this venue late last year, and in return, they offered to stock our products at all their events. We turned this offer down, as it does not align with our values. The venue, however, has an account with our wholesale distributor and has been able to order product under their account. After we were made aware of the use of our logo on the racing website (by Stuff), we requested they remove it – to which they actioned immediately. We also asked our distributor to stop supplying this venue and any other on track animal racing venues.”
“We are very pleased to see Part Time Rangers ensure their brand has no future association with any venues that use animals as objects for racing” said CPR spokesperson Frances Baker. “We are also very grateful to them for their commitment to ocean and wildlife conservation”.
Of course the protest against horse racing itself will still go on tomorrow where 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 and calling on racegoers to reconsider supporting this so called ‘sport’.
“Attending the races to party also involves supporting horses being flogged to run beyond their physical capabilities. As studies have shown, they will most often bleed deep in the lungs whilst being forced to run for their lives. Injuries are common, often resulting in premature retirement or death. This is obvious animal abuse under the guise of a sport”.
“Recently we have seen investigations at an abattoir in Queensland, Australia which revealed horrific practices where horses were subjected to abuse. In one year, 4,000 innocent racehorses 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 horses that are killed annually for pet food and for financial gain in New Zealand.”
“We want students to think twice about attending a horse racing event. There are other cruelty-free events they can go to for a good day out. It is not a party for the animals. We are starting to see the younger generation turn away from using animals for entertainment and the racing industry is responding by targeting them more actively.”
“At least nineteen horses were killed on New Zealand racetracks last year. How is it allowed that a form of entertainment and gambling to have an acceptable death toll?”
For More information: horseracingkills.com