Gambling on horses' lives
Two horses died amongst chaos in the last race of the 2013 season at the National Jumps Day (29 September, Waikato). The deaths brought the total to nine horse deaths in 2013, surpassing last year's total, and averaging almost two a month.
Jumps racing is a ‘sport' that is cruel and dangerous, and every year horses die routinely on New Zealand tracks. The death rate is unacceptable and SAFE is calling for the ‘sport' to be banned.
Horse injuries leading to euthanasia vary from burst arteries to fractured legs and spines. In 2013 one horse, Post Online, a five year old gelding, fell and suffered a suspected spinal injury. Another, Suspend Us, hit a fence and fractured an off-front elbow.
SAFE has monitored the casualty rate of the 2013 season and notified sponsors when horses have died in the race they sponsored. "We are confident most businesses would not wish to associate their brand with an event that kills horses," says campaign director Eliot Pryor.
The death rate is only one indication of suffering, as in every race there is the chance of falls resulting in serious injuries.
Jumps racing has a high rate of death and injury because horses are pushed to jump at speed. Jumps racing is impossible to make ‘safe', as by its very nature, there is a constant risk to the horse. Horses routinely die merely for the sake of ‘entertainment', betting for punters, and profit for the racing industry.
Our horses are dying in Australia too - four of the six horses that died in the 2012 season were New Zealand horses: Jotilla, Art Success, The Black Oak and Foremost. SAFE is liaising with Australian campaigners to work towards an end to jumps racing in both countries.
The reality is horses are dying on tracks every year and the casualties will continue to mount this year unless action is taken.
Overseas it's already banned in New South Wales and has become increasingly unpopular, despite efforts to make it more attractive to a modern public.
The casualties of the jumps racing industry have remained out of the public eye till now, but no longer. Join SAFE as we seek an end to the exploitation of horses in jumps racing in New Zealand.
Sparking falls, Wanganui 2011
DEATH WATCH Jumps horse deaths
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Stuff Carnage at National Jumps
ODT What to do about jumps racing?
Yahoo Sports Two horses die on National Jumps Day
Herald Sun First Aus fatality of the season
Daily Mail Stomach-churning spectacle at Grand National race
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NZ Herald Sue Kedgley: Let's stop horsing about
Rotorua Daily Post Too many racehorse deaths
Scoop Slaughter on the tracks
ODT Renewed calls to shut down jumps after deaths
Herald on Sunday Cry to stop cruel racing
Scoop Horse death brings call for ban
TVNZ Top horse dies
Stuff Arcadius wins race and dies
Herald on Sunday NZ horses dead meat in Europe
Stuff Death of NZ horse puts spotlight on jumps
Stuff Two die in Grand National, UK
Jumps racing montage, Australia 2011
Fair Projects - 'This is jumps racing'
Links to Australian campaigns
Horse Racing Kills
Ban Jumps Racing
AUSTRALIA DEATH FILES Jumps racing deaths