Mass slaughter and abuse of racehorses undermines industry’s commitment to animal welfare.

What are you really betting on this racing season?
Less than 24 hours before The Everest “world’s richest race on turf” (prizemoney a shocking $14 million!), disgraceful footage has been uncovered following an investigation by ABC’s 7.30 program exposing hundreds of registered racehorses being discarded at slaughterhouses in Australia.

Hidden camera vision provided to the program shows hundreds of racehorses from leading studs in NSW being slaughtered at the Meramist abattoir in Queensland. Video also shows clearly branded horses being delivered to Luddenham Pet Meat southwest of Sydney.

The investigation has also uncovered multiple instances of cruelty acts including horses being trapped inside kill boxes unable to move, while slaughterhouse workers apply electronic shocks on their bodies and anus. Racehorses were also being lashed, kicked, stomped and terrorised.

Slaughter of horses is not illegal but it is against NSW racing industry policies and rules, which state that all retired racehorses should be rehomed.

Animal Welfare League NSW CEO Mark Slater said that AWL NSW condemns the violence shown in the footage “We are shocked at the cruel treatment of these horses, considering that these animals were once used for profiteering and entertainment. The industrial-scale of the slaughter of Australian racehorses is abhorrent and we urge everyone to put animal welfare first and not place a bet this racing season.”.

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