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Australian horse racing

Amazing that so many other countries are so far ahead of the US in animal welfare standards. Example? This from Australia, while at American racetracks, the killer-buyers drive their trailers up and down the rows of stables picking up the throw-aways like so much trash. How so very sad is that? ~ Jerry

By: Horse Yard Australia

Australian horse racingThe welfare of Australia’s thoroughbred racehorses will be bolstered by the introduction this week of new national regulations to capture enhanced information about their transition to a life after racing.

Effective from today, the Australian Racing Board (ARB) has introduced a new rule making it compulsory for owners to report the retirement of their racehorse within 30 days.

The managing owner of each racehorse is now responsible for advising the reason for their horse’s retirement and their plans for the horse beyond its racing career.

Owners will indicate, at no charge to them or their trainer, whether their racehorse was retired due to illness, injury, for breeding purposes or at their request and whether the horse will be re-homed as an equestrian or pleasure horse, enter an official retirement program or be sent to a livestock sale.

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