Billionaire Gerry Harvey and two additional NSW knackeries implicated in ex-racehorse slaughter scandal
New evidence released by animal protection group Farm Transparency Project (formerly Aussie Farms) reveals the ongoing slaughter of ex-racehorses in NSW in breach of the state’s racing rules, with many sent directly from industry breeders including a stud owned by billionaire Gerry Harvey, owner of the prestigious ‘Magic Millions’ annual horse sale and retail giant Harvey Norman.
Hidden camera footage and documentation from an 8-week investigation into Kankool Pet Food, south of Tamworth, depicts branded thoroughbreds being killed on a weekly basis, including:
• Young unraced horses (one not even 2 years old);
• Ex-racehorses (one had last raced as recently as December last year, another October last year);
• Ex-breeding mares (including ex-racers who were ‘retired’ into breeding);
• Horses being picked up from, or delivered by, numerous local studs/breeders and a foster-mare facility, despite Racing NSW rules prohibiting the slaughter of NSW horses
• A total of 12 identified thoroughbreds and countless unidentified thoroughbreds The full list of identified thoroughbreds and the implicated studs is available at: