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Australia Hundreds of racehorses sent to slaughterhouses in contravention of racing rules

13:40  17 october  2019
13:40  17 october  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Hundreds of registered racehorses are being discarded at slaughterhouses in Australia, in contravention of racing rules, rehoming policies and animal welfare guarantees.

WARNING: This story includes images which are distressing.

According to official data promoted by Racing Australia, the national body for thoroughbred racing, less than 1 per cent of horses retiring each year end up at an abattoir.

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This represents around 34 horses per year ending up at slaughterhouses, according to the racing industry.

But the ABC has obtained information revealing that, based on a two-year investigation, the number far exceeds this.

Elio Celotto, from the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses, has told the ABC that more than 34 horses have been killed in one week alone at a single abattoir.

"It equates to about 4,000 racehorses killed in this one abattoir alone," he extrapolated.

The scale of killing has shocked industry experts including Professor Paul McGreevy, an animal welfare and behaviour scientist with 25 years research experience into the thoroughbred racing industry.

"This is the sort of stuff that will shake the industry to its core," Professor McGreevy told the ABC.

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"There is no way the industry can defend this. This is a clear breach of everything the industry has told us.

"The truth that has been revealed is that thoroughbreds are entering knackeries and abattoirs and that their treatment within those facilities can be appalling."

Proof of animal cruelty 'absolutely appalling'

The investigation has also uncovered multiple instances of what Professor McGreevy described as animal cruelty and unacceptable practices at Australian slaughterhouses.

This includes horses trapped inside kill boxes unable to move, while slaughterhouse workers apply electronic shocks on their bodies and anus.

Racehorses are also being lashed, kicked, stomped and terrorised.

Once-highly valuable champion horses have also been sent to slaughter.

"It is absolutely unacceptable that we could let our equine athletes down in this way," Professor McGreevy said.

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"These represent atrocious practice.

"It's the racing industry that's responsible for exposing these animals to this miserable end."

'The industry's let a lot of people down'

The grisly end being meted out to the racing industry's unwanted horses is occurring on a weekly basis, despite Racing Australia introducing a "traceability rule" in 2016 requiring the registration and tracking of all horses from birth to retirement.

In the wake of the ill-fated NSW greyhound racing ban announced in 2016, the thoroughbred horse racing industry also introduced a raft of new animal welfare measures aimed at protecting the welfare of horses before, during and after their racing careers.

The centrepiece of the reforms in NSW and the ACT included a jurisdiction-first ban on the practice of discarding unwanted racehorses at knackeries and abattoirs.

The strict prohibition was introduced to the official Rules of Racing in both states. Other states introduced revamped rehoming and animal welfare policies.

In 2018, Racing NSW CEO Peter V'landys told the ABC's Four Corners "the objective is that no horse that races or is domiciled in NSW — doesn't have to get to a racecourse — but if it's born, bred, domiciled predominantly in NSW, we'll need to find it a home".

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The racing careers of these horses , mostly 3 to 5 years of age, ended for various reasons, including injuries. Through Hurley they're getting a chance at a good, useful life beyond the racetrack. Racehorses make excellent horse meat since they are in prime condition and very muscular.

Horse racing in the United States is a nearly billion industry. The question of what happens to racehorses after they retire doesn’t always garner as much attention as what crazy hats spectators wore or what the payout for first place was in a major race .

But the ABC's investigation can reveal racehorses are still being sent to slaughterhouses.

"There's a massive question mark over the regulator and the problems with self-regulation come into play yet again," Professor McGreevy said.

Interview with a kill buyer: how racehorses end up as meat

  Interview with a kill buyer: how racehorses end up as meat He is known as the kill buyer, but Peter Loffel prefers the term horse trader. He buys direct from the racing industry and trucks to the Caboolture knackery.He is known as a kill buyer, although he prefers the term horse trader. He buys horses no one wants and trucks them to a place no horse wants to end up - the Meramist abattoir featured in last week’s 7.30 expose on ABC.

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"When we bet on horses we are interacting with this industry and we deserve better, the horses deserve better, people who love the industry deserve better. So the industry's let a lot of people down and a lot of horses down."

Mr V'landys said he was unaware of any NSW racehorses being sent to an abattoir or knackery, including slaughterhouses in NSW and interstate.

"If it's happening we will put the full force of the law against them because they're breaking the rules of racing," Mr V'landys said.

The NSW chief steward has confirmed to the ABC this afternoon that it will investigate the practice.

Harness racing industry also embroiled in mass slaughter

The ABC can also reveal that standardbreds from harness racing are being killed at slaughterhouses, despite the code's policy of rehoming horses.

At the September hearings of the Senate Committee into the feasibility of a national "horse traceability" register, Harness Racing Australia CEO Andrew Kelly said the code had a "cradle to grave approach".

Harness Racing NSW CEO John Dumesny told the ABC his organisation was developing a rehoming strategy.

"We do have a rehoming program with people in the industry rehoming their own horses," he told the ABC.

But slaughterhouses will be revealed tonight as being the ultimate dumping ground for both the harness and thoroughbred racing industry's wastage, with horses ending up at the facilities through a variety of ways.

Racing NSW told about prohibited thoroughbred sales in 2018, emails reveal .
Emails seen by the ABC reveal the regulator for horse racing in New South Wales was alerted to the sale of thoroughbreds for slaughter at an unapproved livestock auction as early as June 2018 but refused to rescue one horse or investigate further. The ABC has obtained emails proving Racing NSW was told that thoroughbreds were being sold at an unapproved livestock auction, before the practice was exposed on 7.30 last week, and despite telling the program it had no prior knowledge. The 7.

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