Since shocking footage revealed thousands of racehorses are being slaughtered every year in Australia, the racing industry has gone to ground and avoided responsibility.
We cannot allow cruelty and suffering to go on. Over 10,000 racehorses are killed each year in abattoirs and slaughterhouses around Australia, simply because they didn't earn enough.
That's why the Victorian Greens are calling for:
A ban on jumps racing
Jumps racing has long been banned in most of Australia, but inexplicably, is still allowed in Victoria and South Australia despite the continuing death toll.
Forcing horses to jump over 33 steeples or 12 hurdles over long race distances is why jumps racing is so dangerous, with great risks to horses and jockeys.
End whipping in horse racing
We know the racing industry has a history of cruelty to animals and yet the Labor Government want to absolve themselves of any guilt by pretending they have no power to stop it.
It seems they have every reason to look the other way – while horses are being subjected to terrible harm, our Government continues to enjoy a cosy and mutually beneficial relationship with the industry.
It’s 2021 – the use of the whip in horse racing is an outdated and unnecessary form of animal cruelty and should be banned in Victoria.
A Royal Commission into the racing industry
Animals may not be able to speak, but we can be their voice. We stand with the majority of Victorians who want to see an end to cruelty and suffering for animals.