Wellington Scoop

Demonstration at Trentham: horse-racing is cruel, say protestors

Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses
Cup Day at the Wellington Racing Club today will see anti-horse-racing protesters demonstrating outside the racecourse.

Activists will be holding placards and banners at the entrance of the racecourse calling on racegoers to reconsider their support of horse-racing and demanding the industry at the very least implement a retirement plan for all racehorses.

Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR) spokesperson Frances Baker said today, “We are against horse racing because horses suffer tremendously in this industry. Every aspect of their life before, during and after racing is cruel.”

“Horses are bred into a lifestyle that is not natural to them. They spend the majority of their lives isolated in stalls, being fed harmful concentrated diets. Their ability to graze, essential to their general wellbeing, is taken from them throughout training regimes.”

“Studies have proven the whip to be painful for the horse yet in horse racing it is perfectly legal to beat them this way as they are forced to run for their lives, resulting in frequent injury and death.”

“When no longer profitable many are sent to the knackery to be turned into dog food and there is no record of all the foals born who don’t have the industry’s desired temperament or physical attributes.”

“Horses are suffering for our entertainment and for gambling profits and that is unacceptable.”

“We are urging the racing industry to at the very least, implement a retirement plan for all racehorses.”

“We want people to think twice about attending a racing event. There are other cruelty-free events that you can go to have a good day out. It is not a party for the animals.” she said.