Attributed to Dr Liz Walker, CEO, RSPCA Victoria;
“We are deeply saddened to hear of the injury suffered by Anthony Van Dyck in today’s running of the 2020 Melbourne Cup. The immediate veterinary care and subsequent decision to euthanase the horse to avoid pain and suffering was paramount.
“The RSPCA believes there are inherent animal welfare issues involved with horseracing. Whenever there is an adverse outcome for an animal, our expectation is that the industry will do a comprehensive review to identify ways to improve in an effort to avoid unnecessary injury or trauma in the future.
“Racing presents numerous risks for horses and this very unfortunate incident illustrates the need for the industry to work toward better welfare for animals used in sport.
“During this difficult time, RSPCA Victoria extends sincere sympathies to those who contributed to the care of Anthony Van Dyck.”