Target: Barnaby Joyce, Minister of Agriculture, Australia
Goal: Stop the injury and death of hundreds of horses annually by banning horse racing.
A racehorse recently had to be euthanized after breaking a bone in its leg during a competition in Tasmania, Australia. The four-year-old horse, named Quick Strike, was a favorite to win the competition before his jockey withdrew him in the middle of the competition due to injury. The horse was euthanized after it was discovered that he had a broken cannon bone, an injury which could permanently affect the horse’s ability to race and cause it a tremendous amount of pain.
The injury and subsequent euthanasia of racehorses is a common occurrence all over the world. In fact, musculoskeletal injuries such as bone fractures or tendinitis account for 97 percent of racehorse fatalities, which kill hundreds of racehorses per year. Only a little over a month into 2016, seven racehorses have already been euthanized after fatal injuries.
Aside from the annual death toll, the live horses are subjected to painful overworking and excessive whipping, and are pumped with drugs to keep the pain at bay. The breeding industry focused around racing horses produces in excess of 100,000 unwanted animals per year, many of which are sent to slaughter. Even the best-performing horses are not safe from death—when they are too old or weak to compete they are sent to be euthanized.
In order to protect hundreds of thousands of horses every year from unnecessary injury and death, the racing industry needs to be shut down. Sign the petition below to demand that Australia bans these cruel and dangerous racing competitions.
Dear Minister Joyce,
A race horse named Quick Strike was recently euthanized after sustaining a serious leg fracture during a race. These kinds of injuries can end a horse’s racing career or cause it pain for much of its life, and therefore usually result in euthanasia. Hundreds of horses were sent to slaughter last year due to injuries, with hundreds of thousands more euthanized due to over-breeding.
The entire horse racing industry is fraught with cruelty, which includes subjecting horses to excessive physical exertion. When they become injured they are pumped with excessive amounts of drugs to keep them racing, and when they are no longer profitable they are discarded. We, the undersigned, ask you to stop the injury and death of horses by banning horse racing.
[Your Name Here]
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