RIP Nells Belle – Another casualty of jumps racingSeptember 26th, 2017
A horse was killed on 21 September in the Jolt Coffee House Open Steeplechase at the Wanganui Racecourse, confirming yet again that jumps racing is cruel and dangerous. Nells Belle, a 9-year old mare, was killed by race officials after breaking her left hind leg in the gruelling 4,100 metre race.
The death of Nells Belle follows on from Kina Win, who was killed two weeks earlier at a race in Auckland. Five New Zealand horses have died in jumps races this season, making a total of at least 26 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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