Australian Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson Senator Mehreen Faruqi has welcomed the Senate’s agreement to her motion acknowledging all Melbourne Cup horse deaths since 2013 and stating that no horse should die at a racetrack.
Senator Faruqi said:
“The Senate has sent a blunt message to the racing industry today: you have failed to protect the animals under your care. Enough is enough.
“Horse racing is inherently dangerous for these animals. No horse is safe at an Australian racetrack.
“With NSW trainers now urging Racing Australia to strip power from Victorian racing authorities over the carnage of the Cup, it’s clear the industry knows they’ve lost their social license and are panicking.
“Horses should not die at racetracks and they should not die at slaughterhouses when they are no longer profitable.
“We need to implement a proper national tracing system for all horses and an end to commercial horse racing,” she said.