Hundreds of racehorses sent to slaughterhouses in contravention of racing rules
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. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.
Distressing footage shows healthy racehorses being brutally slaughtered at an abattoir amid claims the practice is happening on an ' industrial scale '. Shocking footage shows healthy racehorses being mistreated and slaughtered .
The number of racehorses being sent to the slaughterhouse is far higher than officials claim , according to an explosive ABC investigation.
Distressing footage shows healthy racehorses being brutally slaughtered amid claims the 'atrocious practice' is happening on an 'industrial scale'.
An explosive two-year investigation by the, which some say will 'shake the industry to its core', reveals an alarming number of retired thoroughbreds are being killed for meat for human consumption.
Racing Australia's official data claims about 34 racehorses every year end up at slaughterhouses, a figure amounting to less than one per cent of retiring horses.
Mass slaughter and abuse of racehorses undermines industry's commitment to animal welfare
An extensive ABC investigation has revealed the widespread slaughter of racehorses for pet food and human consumption at abattoirs and knackeries in New South Wales and Queensland. The practice is occurring despite industry rules and animal welfare guarantees.The undercover investigation revealed disturbing treatment of horses at one abattoir before and during slaughter. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.
Thousands of healthy thoroughbred racehorses are being shipped to their brutal deaths at abattoirs where many are mistreated before being inhumanely killed for meat for human consumption. An explosive report on ABC program 7.30 last night blew the lid on the “ industrial scale ” destruction of
A DISTURBING video shows Vietnamese abattoir workers brutally clubbing cows to death with sledgehammers. The sick film shows a man smacking She also claims another video, too gruesome to publish, showed an Australian bull being 'butchered' while still alive at an approved abattoir .
But Elio Celotto from the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses told the ABC that about 4,000 racehorses had been killed in one abattoir alone.
That abattoir - located in Queensland's south-east - has been the focus of the broadcaster's investigation and was infiltrated with hidden cameras.
The cameras showed that in just 22 days, more than 300 racehorses, who won $5million in prize money combined, were killed.
Mr Celotto said even from the property boundary, hundreds of horses can be seen unloaded and abused by workers.
Jockey Laura Cheshire says she 'failed' after recognising her own horse slaughtered on camera
Jockey Laura Cheshire says she 'failed' after recognising her own horse slaughtered on cameraThe program was given hidden-camera video taken at the Meramist Abattoir in Caboolture, which showed former racehorses being kicked, dragged, shocked and slaughtered.
Thousands of healthy thoroughbred racehorses are being shipped to their brutal deaths at abattoirs where many are mistreated before being inhumanely killed for meat for human consumption. An explosive report on ABC program 7.30 tonight has blown the lid on the “ industrial scale ” destruction
Hidden camera footage , which shows sheep being brutally slaughtered without stunning, some of whom attempt to Cradoc Hill Abattoir is the third Tasmanian slaughterhouse to be exposed in a year. Owned by Huon Valley Meat Co, the hidden camera footage shows terrified animals trying to escape
Shocking vision shows workers at the abattoir mistreating the horses, whipping them, kicking them and even yelling abuse at them.
'Come on you dumb f***ing horse! F***! You're dead! You are dead!' a worker can be heard screaming.
Other workers were shown yelling in glee as they bolted the horses in the head with a stun gun - some up to five times before they died.
Animal welfare and behaviour scientist Professor Paul McGreevy told the ABC there was 'no way' the racing industry could defend the behaviour.
'This is a clear breach of everything the industry has told us. Clearly there's no excuse for that sort of treatment, that's not acceptable... and it's disgusting,' he said.
'The truth that's been revealed by these videos is that thoroughbreds are entering knackeries and abattoirs, and that their treatment within those facilities can be appalling.
'I think we're at a fork in the road moment. There's no denying the footage. This is the sort of material that will shake the industry to its core.'
'Someone's been asleep': racing industry in shock at animal cruelty revelations
Racing NSW chief executive Peter V'landys downplayed concerns about the extent of the problem in NSW, pointing out it was the only state that had banned a retired horse from being sent to a knackery or abattoir. But several high-ranking sources within the industry expressed concerns that regulators, including Racing NSW, had been too slow to act after similar abuse allegations were levelled against greyhounds in 2015."I must say, it takes a fair bit to rock me out of my seat, and the program did that very thing," Mr Hartigan told the Herald.
Distressing footage of sheep being slaughtered in a Victorian shed has sparked investigations into claims of animal cruelty. An animal rights group claims it has uncovered footage of cruelty to sheep at an abattoir in Wangaratta in Victoria, but has no plans to show it to police or the RSPCA.
One of the videos shows a distressed cow, with a rope around its neck, being “This is slaughter at it cruellest and most sickening,” Penfold said. “Of course we don’t condone this practice . “Australian livestock exporters agree sledgehammering is an abhorrent inhumane practice that has no place in a
Sitting and watching the footage, Mr McGreevy became visibly emotional.
The investigation also aired accusations of multiple instances of animal cruelty at the slaughterhouses racehorses are being sent to.
The ABC says despite racing's peak body implementing rules requiring the registration and tracking of horses from their birth to their retirement, racehorses are still being killed in slaughterhouses on a weekly basis.
Racing NSW CEO Peter V'landys tod the ABC he was not aware of any NSW racehorses being sent to slaughterhouses.
However, he said if it is occurring the state body would 'put the full force of the law' against offenders.
Following the greyhound live-baiting scandal and the momentary banning of the sport, the NSW horse-racing industry announced they would take a proactive stance on the welfare of horses.
Australia's greyhound racing industry had to go into damage control after it was revealed trainers were tying live piglets, possums and rabbits to train the dogs.
Winx trainer Chris Waller says he was sickened by footage of ex-racehorses being slaughtered
Leading racehorse trainer Chris Waller says he couldn't watch the vision of horses being slaughtered and abused in an abattoir, as protesters target major races in Sydney and Melbourne.The vision was part of an expose by ABC TV's 7.30 program, which also revealed thousands of former racehorses were being destroyed annually.
At the time of slaughter , animals should be healthy and physiologically normal. Determining insensibility at slaughter . It is important to be able to determine if an animal has become insensible Birds that have not been properly stunned will show a strong righting reflex and raise their heads.
Most animals are slaughtered as babies, at a very small portion of their natural life span, regardless of whether they are raised conventionally or in Horrific undercover footage has emerged from a Sydney slaughterhouse, showing pigs and goats being forced into carbon dioxide gas chambers.
The live piglets, possums and rabbits were strapped to lures before being sent around the private tracks before being chased and killed by dogs.
Former NSW Premier Mike Baird banned greyhound racing in July 2016, only to overturn it in October saying it was the 'wrong call'.
Following the scandal, the new animal welfare measures in NSW and the ACT aimed at protecting horses before, during and after their racing careers.
Mr V'landys at the time said every racehorse in NSW would be re-homed and given to someone who wants it.
However, the investigation found many NSW horses were being sent to other states to be killed, even those that were still listed as an active racer.
Professor McGreevy said there's a grey area in regards to regulation as people are still slaughtering horses and exporting meat to markets in Europe, Russia and Japan.
'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,' he said.
While Racing Australia claims only one per cent of retired racehorses are sent to abattoirs, Professor McGreevey said more than that is killed in just one week.
Qld horse abattoir may face criminal probe
An investigation into the slaughter of former racehorses at a Queensland abattoir could become a criminal investigation, the Queensland government says. Biosecurity officers have inspected a Queensland abattoir at the centre of a racehorse cruelty scandal but no charges have been laid so far. Officers examined the Meramist Abattoir at Caboolture on Friday after the ABC 7.30 program aired distressing footage of some staff beating, shocking, and screaming abuse at former racehorses before they were slaughtered.
About the 'Aussie Abattoirs ' website. Opening the doors to an industry that relies on secrecy. An increasing number of cruelty exposés at Australian slaughterhouses highlight the barbaric and terrifying nature of the annual killing of hundreds of millions of animals for human consumption.
Halal and kosher slaughter . Australian law dictates that all animals must be stunned so that they are insensible to pain prior to slaughter . While all commercial chicken abattoirs in Australia attempt to stun chickens prior to slaughter (including halal chicken), some halal killing of sheep, cattle and goats
Mr V'landys insists that NSW racehorses are being treated well and is unaware of anyone breaking the rules.
If NSW Racing does find people are breaking the rules, Mr V'landys said they will be dealt with 'pretty swiftly'.
But people like Mr Celotto and Professor McGreevey claim the industry has already let down a lot of people and a lot of horses.
In light of the 7.30 report, punters are threatening to boycott the Melbourne Cup.
'By the way, will never bet on Melbourne Cup again or any other horse race,' one user wrote on Facebook.
'BOYCOTT THE MELBOURNE CUP... horse racing has to end,' another commented.
'Everyone should boycott the Spring Racing Carnival. If your workplace has a Melbourne Cup sweep, say no and ask the organiser if he or she really knows what goes on behind the veil of ''glamour'',' a third said.
While the majority who watched the report made scathing comments slamming the racing industry, some took to social media claiming it was a 'media blow-up' during racing season.
'Here we go and the once-a-year know it alls start. Why don't you follow and protest EVERY day of the year, NOT just around Melbourne Cup time?' one said.
'Always comes up around cup time,' another commented.
'Must be getting close to Melbourne Cup again. All the half a**ed animal activists come out only this time of year,' a third wrote.
Victorian bookmaker Jonathan Walsh said of the report: 'Considering the improvement that has been made over the last decade it was very poor and typical leftist journalism'.
Inquiry launched into the welfare of retired racehorses .
An independent inquiry will investigate the treatment of retired racehorses and allegations of animal cruelty at abattoirs, the Queensland Premier has announced. An independent inquiry will investigate the treatment of retired racehorses and allegations of animal cruelty at abattoirs, the Que Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the inquiry will be overseen by the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission and will be headed by retired judge Terry Martin SC.She said the inquiry will determine what processes can be put in place to end cruelty to animals in Queensland.