Just like in Australia, New Zealand thoroughbreds are routinely pushed well beyond their limits to make it first over the finish line, resulting in the injury and death of many horses on the racetrack – deaths the industry goes out of their way to hide from the general public as can be seen in this race replay edited by the industry.
Also, like Australia and around the world, a large percentage of horses vanish from the New Zealand racing industry each year, also known as ‘wastage’. Our report on New Zealand 'wastage' estimates can be read here.
The good news is, the New Zealand horse racing industry has been struggling to grow and remain relevant for many years now. However, unfortunately the government continues to prop up this industry, one based on animal cruelty and gambling which is already on its knees, instead of redirecting tax payers money towards essential services and kind, innovative, relevant and sustainable industries and forms of entertainment.
You can sign our petition to see the NZ government withdraw their $72.5 million racing bailout package here.
The Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses launched our New Zealand campaign in late 2018. Since this time we have established three satellite teams in Auckland, Wellington and Whanganui who have all been actively building their volunteer support, leading protests at local racetracks and engaging in educational outreach.
In just a few short months our New Zealand campaign attracted the attention of the media and continues to do so, putting horse racing cruelty firmly on the agenda.
We have also been successful in seeing companies publicly boycott the industry through highlighting their sponsorship of animal cruelty. More here.
We look forward to seeing our New Zealand campaign go from strength to strength and invite anyone who cares about horses, and would like to help us end horse racing cruelty in New Zealand, to please get in touch by filling out our volunteer form or by sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org