The dark side of horse racing exposed on ABC 7.30

The dark side of horse racing exposed on ABC 7.30
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Preparations for Spring Racing are in full swing: Hats are being made. Champagne is being ordered. Bets are being planned... and horses are being slaughtered.


LAST UPDATED: 1 November 2019

The dark side of the horse racing industry has been exposed on ABC's 7.30 program. It was the culmination of a gruelling two-year-long investigation — that gathered damning evidence of the mass slaughter of racehorses who are deemed no longer 'useful'.

We're talking about destroying horses on an industrial scale, we're seeing animals suffering. I don't think anybody in the [racing] industry could ever defend this.Professor Paul McGreevy, Veterinarian

After being forced to run and risk their lives in the 'sport of kings', heartbreaking investigation footage reveals what the 'final race' looks like for thousands of Australian horses every year.

In filthy slaughterhouses and knackeries, they're sworn at, kicked, beaten and slaughtered in front of their companions. Their flesh is exported overseas for human consumption, or sold locally for pet food — some of which ends up in the dinner bowls of fellow victims of the racing industry: greyhounds.

The biggest risk to the horse racing industry is people learning the truth about how cruelly it disposes of animals once they're no longer making gambling profits.

Keen to keep up the facade of glitz and glamour in the lead-up to the Spring Carnival and the Melbourne Cup, the horse racing industry will no doubt be hoping that this scandal just 'blows over'. And that means...

The most powerful action you can take for horses today is to share this story.

If you're keen to do more for horses, then you can urge racing's major sponsors to cut ties with animal cruelty right here:

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Please also support our friends at the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses, who have worked tirelessly to expose cruelty, educate the public about the brutal reality of horse racing, and defend and protect horses for well over ten years.

You can help the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses to achieve justice for horses here here.


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