LFA’s Submission to the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Regional Affairs and Transport (‘SRRAT’) Legislation Committee’s Inquiry into the Voice for Animals (Independent Office of Animal Welfare) Bill 2015

LFA submn to Sen RRAT Ctee re Office of Animal Welfare Bill – 10 Aug 2015

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Horse Racing

The cruelty of horseracing in Australia is usually overlooked due to its social and historical significance.

Racing places enormous pressure on the immature skeletal systems of young horses and regularly leads to lung-bleeding, while a high incidence of stomach ulcers occurs from the high-concentrate grain diets.

Slower or injured horses are routinely discarded by the industry. An estimated 20,000 horses end up at Australian slaughterhouses or ‘knackeries’ each year, with thousands enduring hellish journeys over many days to reach the abattoirs. Much of the horse meat is then shipped to Asia and Europe.


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