Jumps horses let down by SA Parliament
29 September 2011 Have your say
The South Australian Parliament has voted down a bill to ban jumps racing in the state. But with possible court action against the industry on its way, there is still hope for an end to this deadly 'sport'.
By voting against the SA Greens bill, both the Government and Opposition have again shown they are out of touch with community views on animal welfare. Australians have been shocked to see jumps horses falling and being shot on racecourses over and over again due to this cruel 'sport'
. During the 2011 season alone, eleven horses have died in jumps races across South Australia and Victoria
(the only states where jumps races still occur). With a risk of fatality 10-20 times greater than in flat racing, jump's death toll will continue to rise as long as it is allowed to continue.
Recent legal advice from the SA Law Society has indicated that jumps races may already be in breach of the State's Animal Welfare Act
. This paves the way for possible court action that could prevent future jumps races — even without the Government enacting legislation to ban the sport.With ever increasing community opposition, jumps racing is on its last legs. Please take the two simple actions below today, to help stop this deadly activity from taking more lives:
1. Make a pledge
to never bet on cruelty.
2. Send a message to the SA and Vic Premiers and Racing Ministers
to express your opposition to jumps racing and to urge them to ban the 'sport'.