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Horses weigh around 500 kilograms, and their legs are supported by fetlocks the size of a human ankle. In jumps racing, they’re forced to run around tracks at speeds of nearly 50 kilometres per hour and jump over hurdles up to 1 metre high while carrying people on their backs.
Horses used for racing are victims of an industry rife with drug abuse, injury, and death.
Every racing season sees more horse deaths. Former president of the Australian Jumps Racing Association Rodney Rae has even admitted to the dangers associated with the “sport”, stating, “For as long as jumps racing has been around, there have been fatalities.”
According to the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses, jumps racing is 20 times more dangerous than flat racing, which itself is a dangerous and cruel industry.
The “sport” is so cruel that it was banned in New South Wales in 1997, and in July 2022, the state government announced that it would be outlawed in South Australia.
Please take a few minutes to use the form below to urge Victoria’s Minister for Racing Martin Pakula to ban jumps racing immediately.
Even a message that’s just a few lines long could make a world of a difference for animals.