The shocking deaths of three jumps racing horses in a week in Victoria present the strongest argument yet for a complete end to the sport in Victoria and South Australia ‚Äì the only States where jumps racing occurs.
RSPCA‚Äôs Senior Scientific Officer, Dr Di Evans, said one horse, Fieldmaster had been euthanased last Wednesday (April 27th) after breaking his leg during trials at Cranbourne Racecourse.
‚ÄúOn Tuesday ‚Äì the first day of the 3-day Warrnambool Carnival, Cliff‚Äôs Dream was put down after fracturing his knee on the second last hurdle of a 3200-metre race‚Äù, Dr Evans said.
‚ÄúAnd yesterday, Tuscan Fire was pulled out of the Galleywood Hurdle after fracturing a bone in his leg and was also put down‚Äù.
‚ÄúTwo deaths in two days are simply unacceptable, and there is one more day of the Warrnambool Carnival to go. The horrible injuries and deaths which have occurred in this industry prove that the assurances that Racing Victoria provided about improved safety cannot mitigate the serious risks involved‚Äù.
‚ÄúWe note the sad comments from the owners, who compare the deaths of their horses with ‚Äòa death in the family‚Äô. However, it‚Äôs unlikely that they would place anyone in their families at such a risk of injury or death‚Äù.
‚ÄúThe RSPCA strongly opposes this dangerous sport, because the horses are required to jump over many obstacles at speed, while running long distances and carrying a heavy weight. As a result, jumps horses are highly susceptible to horrific falls, injuries and death‚Äù.
‚ÄúThe South Australian Government has responded to widespread community concern with its Select Committee inquiry into jumps racing. RSPCA Australia provided strong evidence to the Select Committee last month, where we took issue with the lack of transparency in the industry over injuries and deaths in training and trials, and in the weeks following races‚Äù.
‚ÄúThis week‚Äôs Warrnambool Carnival deaths prove that Victoria and South Australia should be following the lead of every other State and Territory and cease jumps racing once and for all‚Äù.
‚ÄúRSPCA Australia urges people who are as horrified as we are to contact their State Ministers for Racing and demand an end to jumps racing‚Äù, Dr Evans said.
For more information, go to: http://www.rspca.org.au/jumps-racing