Target: Tony Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia
Goal: Prevent unnecessary equine deaths by banning horse races in Australia
Two race horses died during this year’s Melbourne Cup, the biggest and most popular thoroughbred race in Australia. One horse, Admire Rakti, who had just taken first place at a previous race, collapsed and died only minutes after taking last place in Melbourne. A second horse, Araldo, had to be euthanized after a severe leg fracture from kicking a fence while spooked.
Racing and training place severe stress on a horse’s body, resulting in injuries and broken bones that are often “treated” by injecting a horse with powerful drugs before forcing it to continue training. Trainers use whips and other weapons against horses to force their compliance. The neglect, stress, and fatigue that the industry causes horses is a major contributor in most racing deaths.
In the past 12 months, 125 horses have died on Australian racetracks—one every three days. During 2013’s Melbourne Cup, a horse named Verema had to be euthanized because of a snapped leg. Most racetrack deaths are not nearly as highly publicized as this, and trainers, riders, and caregivers often face no repercussions for their neglect.
The only way to fully ensure that no animals die for the sake of entertainment is to end Australia’s racing industry for good. Several states and countries have already successfully banned racetracks, which are bringing in less revenue each year. Sign the petition below to ask Australian leaders to save thousands of horses from cruelty and neglect by banning horse racing.
Dear Prime Minister Abbott,
Two horses died in this year’s Melbourne Cup, one of Australia’s most popular horse racing events. One was euthanized after breaking its leg, and another collapsed shortly after racing, only to be pronounced dead of heart failure. At last year’s event, one horse was euthanized due to a snapped leg.
The Australian horse racing industry sees one horse die every three days, for a total of 125 in the past year. These overworked horses are victims of stress, abuse, and neglect, which takes a devastating toll on their physical health.
It is cruel and unfair to work horses to their deaths for the sake of profit and entertainment. Horse racing is barbaric and outdated, and has no place in a civilized modern society. We, the undersigned, demand that Australia stop unnecessary equine deaths by banning horse racing.
[Your Name Here]
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