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The Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR) was established in 2008 to address the serious racehorse welfare concerns that are rife throughout the Australian racing industry.
There are four major issues the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses focuses on:
Wastage: Defined by the Racing Industry as “When horses are prematurely withdrawn from racing” the reality is when horses are no longer financially viable a significant number are sent to the knackery to be killed.
Jumps Racing: Galloping at high speed over obstacles of considerable height is extremely dangerous resulting in a high percentage of horses falling, sustaining severe injuries and being killed on track.
The Whip: Whipping not only inflicts physical and psychological pain but pushes an exhausted horse beyond its physical capabilities often leading to them breaking down and sustaining serious injury.
Two Year Old Racing: Horses are not skeletally mature until five years of age and therefore a significant number of two-year-olds sustain injuries in their first year of racing and do not return in the subsequent year.