Racing NSW has responded to a report on 7:30 last night which revealed what really goes on when racehorses’ lives end in knackeries and abattoirs.
“The dark side of the horse racing industry” showed widespread slaughter of racehorses for pet food and human consumption at abattoirs and knackeries in New South Wales and Queensland.
The undercover investigation, which included hidden cameras, revealed disturbing treatment of horses at one abattoir before and during slaughter.
The slaughter of racehorses is not illegal in Australia but it is against Racing NSW policy and rules, which state that all retired racehorses should be rehomed.
Racing NSW Chief Executive, Peter V’landys condemned the alleged abhorrent actions of the Meramist Queensland Abattoir , which was identified by ABC.
Racing NSW has called upon the Queensland Government and its Department of Primary Industries to take the strongest possible action against the alleged perpetrators.
Mr V’landys said, “Racing NSW is the only State in Australia that has a Rule of Racing that prohibits horses from being sent to a knackery or abattoir if they have been predominantly domiciled in the NSW Thoroughbred Racing Industry. Further, in NSW it is illegal for an abattoir to process a horse for human consumption, unlike other States.”
In a statement, Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner said, “The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission has responsibility for the welfare of animals currently involved in racing in Queensland. The primary focus of the Commission is to safeguard the welfare of racing animals during their racing career. The Commission advocates strongly for the welfare of all racing animals and invites the racing community and the public to report racing animal welfare concerns for investigation.”
Full statements, from Racing NSW, Queensland Racing Integrity Commission, Harness Racing Australia, Racing Victoria and Racing Australia -and the original 7:30 report- are available at ABC.