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A DISGRACE TO THE (HUMAN) RACE: Animal rights groups call for investigation into death of Melbourne Cup race horse

Last year, 116 racehorses have all died on the track after suffering fatal injuries or heart problems. Around 5,000 racehorses are killed at a single slaughterhouse every year.

ELIZA MCPHEE: Animal rights activism groups are calling for an ‘immediate’ investigation into the Melbourne Cup after the tragic death of race favourite, Anthony van Dyck. The horse was just 500m from the finish line during the highly anticipated race on Tuesday afternoon when it fractured its fetlock. Vets quickly assessed the animal but found it was too badly injured to be saved and was euthanised soon after… Anthony van Dyck marks the seventh Melbourne Cup horse to die from the last eight races… Reports suggest around 5,000 racehorses are killed at a single slaughterhouse every year. Within the last year, 116 racehorses have all died on the track after suffering fatal injuries or heart problems…

In the wake of the tragedy, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are demanding an end to the ‘disgrace against the nation’ and are asking for the horse’s veterinary records to be released. ‘While the industry focuses on the money made from animal suffering, glossing over the bleeding lungs, broken bones, and death, the reality of the abusive racing industry is that horses are made to run to the detriment of their health,’ PETA spokesperson Emily Rice said. ‘It’s no surprise that in just the last racing year, 116 horses died on Australian racecourses. How many more deaths will it take before we call time on this disgraceful demonstration of national senselessness?’

Just one day before the big event was due to kick off, protesters from PETA and the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR) descended on Flemington Racecourse… ‘It’s no surprise that in just the last racing year, 116 horses died on Australian racecourses. How many more deaths will it take before we call time on this disgraceful demonstration of national senselessness?’ Just one day before the big event was due to kick off, protesters from PETA and the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR) descended on Flemington Racecourse. Protesters donned horse masks while brandishing signs that read: ‘Nup to the Cup’ and ‘You bet, they die’. SOURCE…

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