RIP Kina Win - Another casualty of jumps racing
A horse was killed on 9 September in the Irvines Great Northern Steeplechase at the Ellerslie Racecourse in Auckland, confirming yet again that jumps racing is cruel and dangerous. Kina Win, a 9-year old gelding, was killed by race officials after breaking his left front leg in the grueling 6,400 metre race.
The death of Kina Win follows on from three New Zealand horses who have already died in jumps races this season, making a total of at least 25 horses killed since 2013. Horses have died both on NZ tracks and when exported for racing in Australia.
Although all racing poses a danger to the horses involved, jumps racing is particularly problematic. Horses are leaping large fences at speed and can frequently fall or stumble upon landing. Injuries are sustained when the horses fall or crash into jumps or barriers. Racehorses, especially those that suffer fractures, are almost always euthanised.
The horses that do survive are often discarded when no longer deemed able to profitably race, many ending up at the slaughterhouse.
New South Wales has already banned jumps racing. New Zealand needs to do the same.
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11 September 2017