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Horses weigh at least 500 kilograms, they have legs that are supported by fetlocks the size of a human ankle, and in jumps racing, they're forced to run around dirt 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 the victims of an industry that's rife with drug abuse, injuries, and deaths.
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." Since 2009, more than 66 horses have died as a result of Australian jumps racing.
The "sport" is so cruel that it's already been banned in New South Wales. In 2021 Racing South Australia announced an end to jumps racing events starting in 2022, leaving Victoria as the only state still allowing such cruelty.
Please take a few minutes to use the form below to urge Victorian Minister for Racing Martin Pakula to ban jumps racing immediately.
Even a message that's just a few lines long can make a world of a difference for animals.