New South Wales to expand racehorse welfare program

After years of campaigning, we finally have a breakthrough in our fight to end the slaughter of racehorses!

On September 7, Racing NSW CEO Peter V’landys announced that every racehorse deserves a home, and committed to funding a retirement plan for racehorses. The fund will initially start off with a $2 million investment (or 1% of prizemoney) for retirement and rehabilitation of racehorses in NSW.

This is a direct result of our high profile wastage campaign, demanding that horses are looked after for their entire lives, not just while they are racing.

“Racing NSW has committed to a multi-million-dollar expansion of its racehorse welfare program as it moves to stave off pressure from an increasingly influential animal rights lobby.”

-Chris Roots, Sydney Morning Herald

Peter V’landys clearly understands that we at CPR are committed to changing the world for racehorses, and we won’t stop until we achieve our goals.

“The youth of today care more about animal welfare than any other generation and we need to keep up with their expectations… Every horse in NSW will be re-homed, whether it has raced or not.”

-Peter V’landys, CEO Racing NSW

Sign the petition to send a message to the racing administrator and minister in your state.

A picture speaks a thousands words

This photo has been sent in by a few supporters and we felt it was important to share. This is a truck leaving the Echuca sale yards yesterday – destined for an abattoir that kills horses for human consumption. Eating horses is legal and happens in some parts of Australia, however the majority of the steaks produced here are sent overseas to countries such as Belgium and France.

While we can’t tell the breeds of horses from this photo – there were a lot of ex-racehorses at the sale yards yesterday (both Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds) which we know ended up being sold to meat buyers.

This devastating scene serves as a harsh reminder of the desperate need for breeding reform in all areas of the equine industry, as well as a mandatory retirement plan for horses exiting the racing industry.

Rest in peace to these innocent horses. You can take action for those next in line here.