For Immediate Release, Saturday 14 January 2023
ANIMAL PROTECTION ADVOCATES PROTEST OUTSIDE THE CRUEL MAGIC MILLIONS RACEDAY
When: TODAY Saturday 14 January 10:30am – 1:30pm
Where: Gold Coast Turf Club, Racecourse Drv, Bundall, QLD – main entrance
After a week of exposing the dire financial reality of racehorse investment to potential buyers at the Gold Coast Magic Millions Sales (report here), the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR), joined by Animal Liberation QLD and Coast to Coast Animal Friends will turn their attention to the inherent cruelty of horse racing outside the Magic Millions Raceday.
This is a particularly cruel and insidious racing event. From the get-go the cruelty is clear, with the 2 Year Old Classic, where undeveloped horses will be whipped and terrified to get across the finish line first. Pain, suffering and injuries are guaranteed.
This event offers huge bonuses to female owned horses and now has a race specific to horses belonging to syndicates of twenty or more. Both initiatives aimed at luring more people into this morally bankrupt industry.
Hosts are asking attnedees to dress as if they are going to the races if possible.
Quotes attributable to CPR Campaign Director Elio Celotto
“After a week of exposing the dire financial reality of purchasing a racehorse to potential buyers, we now bring the focus back to those who suffer most and have no choice in the matter, the horses”.
“The Magic Millions Raceday is a cruel spectacle. There is no magic, it’s tragic. It’s not only the racehorse owners who pay the price, the horses eventually pay with their lives, whether that be today on the track, or when they are whisked away injured to be killed behind the scenes, or in a short time once it is clear their costs outweigh their profit potential”.
“The Magic Millions is a sham for everyone, but especially the horses”.
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