For Immediate Release, Thursday 4 May 2023
Protest to End Jumps Racing After The Bool Takes Another Victim
When: TODAY – Thursday 4 May 10:.30am
Where: Warrnambool Racecourse Main Entrance
Today, Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR) will join forces with the Animal Justice Party (AJP) to demand an end to jumps racing after yet another horrific death at this years carnival.
On the first day of what CPR refer to as the Carnival of Cruelty, six year old gelding St Arnicca was killed.
CPR’s raw footage Available here. shows the horrific pain and suffering St Arnicca endured before his death..
Quotes attributable to CPR Communications Director Kristin Leigh.
“The leg of beautiful six year old gelding St Arnicca was flapping around as though hanging by a thread, after he fell on the second last jump in the Brierly steeplechase on Tuesday. His leg break is one of the worst I’ve seen.
“It is simply unconscionable that a government allows a form of gambling and entertainment to continue knowing it is guaranteed many horses will be killed as a result.
“Thirty-two horses have been killed in jumps races at the Warrnambool track alone since 2005, many at the May Carnival itself. Meaning, it is statistically more likely that a horse will be killed at this event than not.
“Todays program includes the gruelling Grand Annual Steeplechase – a race with 33 hurdles, more than any other in the world.
“After South Australia banned jumps racing last year, making it a crime under the animal welfare act, Victoria remains the only state in Australia where this brutal display of animal abuse continues.”