There was no happy retirement for race-winning thoroughbred Nature's Child. Her last moments were spent in fear and terror at Laverton Knackery. No horse deserves to die this way. Help save other animals from the same fate by taking action today.
This is Nature's Child. She was a track winner, winning tens of thousands of dollars for her owners. Investigators from the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR) found where she had ended up - alone and unwanted at a knackery just 20 minutes away from Flemington, Australia's most famous racetrack.
Her final moments are both shocking and heartbreaking. WARNING: this clip is not easy to watch.
Nature's Child is shot in the head in front of her equine companion who had fearfully rushed into the 'killing box' behind his friend. While still alive, she is dragged by a tractor to the slaughter-room floor, and has her throat slit and tail cut off. In a nearby paddock a stallion is also shot in the head. Still alive, he is dragged by tractor 60 metres across gravel and concrete to the slaughter-room where he is shot again.
It is not just the killing methods that should force the closure of this knackery in Victoria. Other serious problems investigators observed included: horses being beaten; being transported while injured; sick and injured horses being left untreated; and the body of one dead horse left lying in the holding yard while others stood around him.
It is clear that these men cannot be trusted to handle animals. Show you care for horses by urging authorities to shut this place down.