Horse welfare boosted …

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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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Marcia

    Sad comment that after working hard on the racetrack and often being pushed beyond their limits, the horses may be sent to slaughter or abandoned when they start losing. Many irresponsible people also breed horses hoping for that one big-money winner. They are treating animals like objects who are broken or no long useful. Terrible examples of greed and callousness.

    July 1, 2014
  • Sue

    I have long hated the Jockey Club for not keeping track of what happens to retired race horses. I have a “virtual stable” of at least 20 foals of Afleet Alex which have simply disappeared. I have no idea what happened to them, despite networking and checking the Internet. No evidence they ever existed!

    July 1, 2014
  • Daryl

    he both of you are so right, this is a horrible business for horses, started out to young and pushed to hard and gotten rid of in a second, so many are so hurt from being pushed they are done for, today the price of every thing is so high, it is hard to keep a horse that can’t be ridden. Bless those who do….

    July 2, 2014