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Australia #Lovemyhorse: Owners show how much they love their horses after Meramist Abattoir scandal

09:15  19 october  2019
09:15  19 october  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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As Australia's horse-racing community is left reeling by revelations horses have been discarded at slaughterhouses in Australia, owners are taking to social media to share how much they love and care for their horses.

Earlier this week, the ABC's 7.30 program revealed hidden-camera video taken at the Meramist Abattoir in Caboolture, which showed former racehorses being kicked, dragged, shocked and slaughtered.

The Queensland Government has since announced an investigation into the abattoir for alleged animal mistreatment.

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The hashtag follows video showing horses being kicked, dragged, shocked and slaughtered.© ABC News The hashtag follows video showing horses being kicked, dragged, shocked and slaughtered.

In the wake of the news and subsequent investigation, the hashtag #lovemyhorse was born, reminding us of the unique bond between horse and human.

Some have tweeted under it to call out the Meramist Abattoir.

Others have used the hashtag to speak of their commitment to their horses — both on and off the racecourse.

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One mused over the fact that their 19-year-old horse, Annie, remembers the races when the TV is turned on.

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And this owner's love for his horse made sure he didn't let photo quality stand in the way of sharing a picture of the pair of them.

But for most, the hashtag was an excuse to speak of the love they feel for their horses, regardless of how slow they are, for simply enjoying life.

Or for revelling in being a "horse" after having to learn how to be one at the end of a racing career.

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