Fast Fact: In Australia it is estimated that more than 18 000 racehorses are killed every year.
- The Horse Racing Industry makes billions of dollars every year and is seen as a glamorous sport to many. Behind the scenes, horses are pushed to their absolute limits and face injury or death in order to win races for their “owners.”
- A study conducted by the University of Melbourne found that post race, 90% of horses had blood deep in their lungs and 50% in their windpipes from over exertion during racing.
- They often suffer injuries on the track including torn ligaments and broken bones. Most of them will be euthanized as to return them to full health will be deemed uneconomic.
- Many people were outraged to see two horses euthanized on the track at the 2014 Melbourne Cup due to injuries after participating in the race. This is the sad reality of horse racing, on average one horse dies every three days on the track every year in Australia.
- Allegations of drugging are common. Owners, trainers and jockeys want nothing more than to win and will go to extreme lengths. Drugs can be used to increase performance or mask injuries and sickness.
- Many racehorses begin their racing careers at two years of age when their bodies are not developed enough for the rigours of racing. Their skeletal system is placed under enormous stress, all in the name of winning big money.
- Along with the horses that are considered unsuitable for racing, whether they aren’t fast enough or have perceived behavioural issues, the majority of these horses after their racing careers are then deemed ‘wastage’ and sent to the slaughterhouse. They will be turned into pet food or processed into ‘food’ products to be sent to overseas markets for human consumption.
- Supporters of the Racing Industry will argue that horses are given the ultimate in care and access to the best veterinary treatment. This is only true for the horses who make their “owners” money over the span of their short racing careers. Once it is not longer economical to keep them, many find themselves homeless or sent to slaughter.
Horse Drawn Carriages
- Horse drawn carriages are an out dated and unnecessary practice. While thankfully in West Australia the use of horse drawn carriages is minimal, as opposed to the regular sights on the streets of Melbourne, these carriages are more likely to be used for weddings or ‘special occasions’.
- There’s nothing romantic about keeping a horse tethered to a carriage for 9 hours a day, 7 days a week in a city with hard roads, busy traffic, strange noises and all the associated pollution.
- Like those in the horse racing industry when they are no longer able to physically keep up with the demands of their ‘owners’ they are seen as no longer profitable for the business and will be sent to slaughter, turned into dog food or butchered for human consumption.
WHAT CAN I DO?
The quickest way to stop the exploitation and abuse of animals in entertainment is by not supporting these industries. Share your concerns with friends, family and others about what the issues are. In addition you can also let the operators of these industries know how you feel. If these activities take place in your local area then contact your council and let them know. You can also contact your local MP’s to voice your concern.
HOW CAN I HELP?
The most powerful tool we have to help animals is our voice. Once we learn about the cruel ways humans use animals for greed, profit or pleasure we need to help educate and inform others.
If you want to do more to help, you can support us by becoming a member of Animal Liberation WA, and signing up to volunteer!