Horses are sensitive and intelligent animals, and in nature wouldn't choose to jump over hurdles and risk broken legs, injuries — even death — unless they had no other option. Please take action today and help to end this deadly 'sport'!
July 5th 2015: Another horse has died, at Casterton in Victoria. During a hurdle race, 7-year-old gelding ‘Try Pickle’ fractured his leg after hitting a hurdle. He was killed shortly after. Try Pickle is the third horse to have been claimed by jumps racing this year.
Jumps racing is a cruel and dangerous 'sport' in which horses are forced to jump metre-high fences at high speed. It's 10 - 20 times more dangerous to horses than flat racing, and many of the injuries sustained during jumps races can be horrific. Jumps racing now only occurs in Victoria and South Australia where horses continue to die on the tracks every year. In the 2011 jumps racing season eleven horses died on the tracks and 2012 saw six jumps horses killed on tracks.
The Victorian and South Australian Governments and racing industry leaders deem it acceptable to have an 'allowable death quota' for horses (the 'target' fatality rate set by industry is about 15 times that of flat racing). So long as they permit jumps racing to continue, they share the responsibility for every horse dying on the track, and every punter maimed or injured.
Please add your voice and let your state MP know that the community will no longer tolerate this cruelty.