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Jumps Racing Put Down in Victoria!

Jumps Racing Put Down in Victoria!

Posted 27 November 2009   by Jesse         Permalink | 21 Comments

Tags: jumps racing, Victoria, Victory, horse racing, horses, Coalition for the Protection of Race Horses, activism, demonstration, entertainment, South Aust

Today marks the end of an 'era' in horse racing. Or should I say an error! Yes, definitely an error - forcing horses to jump over hurdles at full speed was always a bad idea. But the good news this morning is that Racing Victoria has announced they will cease to run jumps races at the end of the 2010 season! *sigh of relief*

This decision will spare horses the miserable fate of broken legs, broken necks, and other injuries from falls during jumps races. So after a brilliant campaign by the Coalition for the Protection of Race Horses, the racing industry has finally faced up to the fact that jumps racing is cruel (not that an industry that kills thousands of horses every year just for being too slow has much to be proud of!).

Hats off to the Coalition; hats off to all those who attended demonstrations; and hats off to you, if you're one of the nearly 8000 Animals Australia and Unleashed supporters who sent letters calling for an end to jumps racing!

If you've got a moment today, you might want to send Racing Victoria an email ([email protected]) congratulating them for getting rid of cruel jumps races. For Victoria to end jumps racing is a huge milestone! They were the largest of only 2 Aussie states that still permitted this cruel 'sport'. And so onward and upward! Now it's time for South Australia to step up and ditch jumps racing!

You might also like to let the Racing Minister for SA, Michael Wright ([email protected]), know that they're letting down the team and should ban jumps racing too!

And if you live in Adelaide, next Tuesday (1st December) is your chance to join a demonstration to put the heat on SA to end jumps racing! There will be a peaceful protest happening on the steps of Parliament House to coincide with the submission of a petition, signed by 4,000 SA residents, calling for an end to jumps racing. Here are the details:

Where: Steps of Parliament House North Terrace Adelaide
When: Tuesday December 1 from 12.30pm to 1.30pm
Wear: Smart/casual (preferably black/dark colour)

Hope you can make it along!

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Karen Karen 27 November 2009
1
SO GOOD!
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Lucas Lucas 27 November 2009
2
This is fantastic news!!! Congratulations to all of you who have voiced your opposition to this cruel and inhumane practice. What a great feeling it is to know your actions have made a change. Well done everbody!!
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Compostkitty Compostkitty 27 November 2009
3
yay happy
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emileee emileee 27 November 2009
4
about time ..
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Pomi Pomi 27 November 2009
5
I'm soo happy!
Saw it no the news at my friends house!
Not even the fact that the RSPCA are going to get all the credit can destroy my mood!
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- Kitty Freak - - Kitty Freak - 27 November 2009
6
ecstatic!!!!!!!
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_Matt _Matt 27 November 2009
7
Both emails sent!

Well done Animals Australia, and well done the CPRH!
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MerlinLemon MerlinLemon 28 November 2009
8
they've finally bannnnned it. woot
i hate the photos of the poor horsys wen they're falling. it nearly makes me cry sad so glad its over.
cow wave
not exactly horses, but you get the point
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Aweso_ me Aweso_ me 29 November 2009
9
cool
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Lea Lea 29 November 2009
10
hallelujah! clap
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Mean people wear fur Mean people wear fur 30 November 2009
11
W00T W00T!!!

ecstatic ecstatic ecstatic

Calls for a party!!!!
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Cait Cait 30 November 2009
12
yay SA has to stop now!!
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PLASTIQZ PLASTIQZ 7 December 2009
13
Finally! I have been hoping for ages that this would finally end. ecstatic!
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mikayla mikayla 19 December 2009
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happy
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4_da_animals1 4_da_animals1 21 December 2009
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this is awesome, only one thing though, what happens to the horses when they ban the racing? i think they will probs slaughter them coz they dont kno what to do wif them, but i guess if they are the last horses to participate in jumps racing it's a VICTORY!!!
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Cj Cj 22 December 2009
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clap
Bout time they banned that sport
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Cassnu Cassnu 20 January 2010
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Have just started reading the book 'Skinny Bitch' would defy anyone to continue eating meat after reading the first few chapters, particularly the one with interviews from abbatoir staff.  I felt physically sick after reading them.

Cassnu
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Rebecca94 Rebecca94 20 January 2010
18
I go horseriding yet i hate and never will race them!!! i think it is pure cruel!! my uncle bought a horse to brake for racing and i hate him for it!!
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Aweso_ me Aweso_ me 3 February 2010
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EXCELLENToaxscva
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claire. claire. 4 February 2010
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At school we are doing a speech in front of two classes as an assessment task. But we get to do it about anything we want. i have chosen banning horse jumping. clap
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Nat Nat 11 June 2010
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It was calls from animal liberationists etc. that made this sport so dangerous in the first place. Groups like the RSPCA called for the jumps in Australia to be lowered, Racing Victoria eventually caved to the detriment of the safety of all involved, including jockeys. With lower jumps the races became faster and... more dangerous. The there was restrictions placed on the number of jumps which could be used in a race, fewer jumps again made the races faster and more dangerous. Up until these restrictions had been put into place horses that were bred, broken and trained specifically for these races had been used. Jumps horses had stronger legs and were less prone to serious injuries in the more unlikely circumstance they fell. However, as jumps tracks evolved from the actions of misinformed 'do-gooders' the horses that were previously used were no longer suitable and so thoroughbreds were introduced to the sport. A thoroughbred is not bred for the traditional style of jumps and with their spindly legs don't make very safe landings after a jump. Unfortunately they are bred to cope with flats and speedy racing unlike a jumps horse which tires very easily. Maybe instead of a quick fix solution do-gooders need to accept they were wrong in trying to change something they didn't fully understand in the beginning, lobby governments and racing organisations to return to a traditional style of jumps racing where a Jumps Horse races!
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