MEDIA RELEASE: 5th November, 2019
“CRUEL” MELBOURNE CUP DEMONSTRATES NEED FOR INVESTIGATION INTO NSW HORSE RACING INDUSTRY SAYS NSW MP
Ahead of today’s Melbourne Cup, NSW Animal Justice Party MP Emma Hurst is demanding the NSW Government launch an investigation on the horse racing industry.
Ms Hurst’s Notice of Motion condemning the cruel practice of sending racehorses to slaughter and supporting a Government investigation into ex-racehorses in NSW passed with cross-party support late last month, though the Berejiklian Government is yet to take action.
“With the spring racing season now well and truly underway, there is no better time for the NSW Government to launch an investigation,” said Ms Hurst.
“Our government must act on community concerns in regards to the protection of the animals used in this so-called ‘entertainment’ industry.
“Cross-party support for an investigation shows that the horrific cruelty inflicted upon these animals is being recognised. 7.30 exposed the racing industry for what it is: a brutal business built on the suffering of thousands of animals.
“The horse racing industry, who thrive on gambling money, are clearly unable to regulate themselves, and must be held to account.
“It has become clear to many Australians that today’s Melbourne Cup is nothing but a blood-sport built on the suffering of thousands of gentle animals who are quite literally running for their lives.
“Here in NSW, the community is questioning just how many of these horses come from stables in our state, and how many will face a brutal end at abattoirs and knackeries across Australia.
“As the Melbourne Cup is run today, millions will look on disgusted as innocent, intelligent and sentient animals are whipped and forced to race until many experience horrific internal bleeding and risk a painful sudden death.
“The ongoing revelations of the traumatic injuries, drug abuse, horrific breakdowns, and brutal slaughter faced by these horses should be what stops the nation. To see a rich and callous minority continue in their attempts to glamorise this horrific animal abuse is incredibly disturbing.
“Community outrage over the web of deception surrounding NSW racing is not going away. They have finally seen the truth of this brutal industry, and they are demanding action,” said Ms Hurst.
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