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22 June 2009 - Jumps racing kills again      

Jumps racing kills again

Sydney, 22 June 2009                                                                                
                                                 

One month after Racing Victoria decided to allow jumps racing to continue, another horse has fallen badly, sustained serious injuries, and lost its life in the name of sport.

After breaking a leg at the last hurdle in a race at Moonee Valley on Saturday, the death of Whatsourgo is proof that the measures put in place by Racing Victoria to justify the continuation of their brutal sport are useless.

“There is only one way to stop the constant carnage of jumps racing and that is for it to be banned once and for all,” said Danielle Annese, HSI Program Manager.

Victorian jumps racing was responsible for the death of 13 horses on the track last year. A further 6 have been killed in Victoria so far this year, with 3 horses dying after sustaining terrible injuries in the Warrnambool racing carnival last month. Although this carnival was prematurely suspended following the spate of deaths, pressure from within the jumps racing fraternity prompted Racing Victoria to decide jumps racing could continue, and announced a number of regulations that they claimed would make the sport “less hazardous”.

While this is the first horse to lose its life since the new regulations came into force, it is certainly not the first incident, with horses still falling and sustaining injuries.

“Forcing horses to jump metre high fences at speed is both cruel and dangerous,” said Ms Annese. “Jumps racing continues in Victoria purely to pander to the vested financial interests of a vocal minority within the industry. These are unacceptable reasons for perpetuating this carnage and it can not be permitted to continue.”

 





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