Source: MIL-OSI Submissions
Source: SAFE NZ
Horse racing, greyhound racing and rodeo caused hundreds of animal injuries and deaths last year. The most recent victim was Rock on Wood, a horse killed in the Wellington Cup race on Saturday.
SAFE Campaigns Officer Paris Waterworth said animals are not for us to abuse and discard just for ‘entertainment.’
“New Zealand aspires to be a world leader in animal welfare. The first step towards that goal is ending the use of animals in entertainment,” said Waterworth.
In 2020, the horse racing industry killed 12 horses and injured 263. Of those injured, 149 were seriously injured, and 41 were found to be bleeding from their nostrils due to the stresses of racing. Approximately 3,000 horses ‘disappear’ from the horse racing industry every year.
“When you tally up the number of injuries and deaths, it is obvious that the cost to the victims – the animals – is unjustifiable.”
“It’s 2021. We live in a world where we have access to an endless number of recreational activities that do not include harming animals in the name of ‘fun’.”