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The incongruence of being allowed to flog horses
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2012, 04:20:07 PM »
Normally if you are found whipping an animal, it is a clear cut case of animal abuse and animal cruelty, unless the animal being whipped is a race horse that is. The whips used by the jockeys are a barbaric torture device meant to push already tired horses past their limits and over the finish line. However, studies have shown that whipping has no affect on the ability of a horse to win a race, and that in fact, they do better without being whipped.

The industry of horse racing is already considered to be a cruel sport because the animals are at risk of broken bones, torn muscles, and much more, including, unfortunately, a trip to the slaughterhouse when no longer useful. Adding whipping to the already tumultuous life of a race horse is a form of cruel and unusual punishment.

“Whips are clearly an implement used to inflict pain. Beating a galloping animal to push him up to or beyond his physical limit is unacceptable and unethical,” Animals Australia says in an email to the Australian Racing Board and state racing bodies.

According to a study done by researchers at the University of Sydney, whipping does not “affect the probability of whether or not a horse finished a race in the first three placings.”

In addition, the authors of the study, Dr. David Evans and Professor Paul McGreevy, indicated that “on average, [the horses] achieved highest speeds when there was no whip use.”

“How a horse ran in the first part of a race, when it wasn’t being whipped, was the most critical factor in racing success. So horses are being whipped in the final stages of a race, in the face of muscle fatigue, for no benefit,” the study continues.

Despite the Australian Racing Board knowing these facts, they still allow the horses to be “whipped at the jockeys’ discretion during the final moments of a race — when horses are most exhausted and are beaten the most with a whip.”

Animals Austraila is doing its best to get the practice of whipping banned in Australia with an email rally, however, there is a need to address this issue anywhere where horse racing takes place, especially with an industry that puts profits over the well-being of its animals.

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