Australia: The tragic end of racing horses that once made money

A large-scale investigation by ABC News (Australia) has found the slaughter of racehorses for livestock and humans at slaughterhouses in the states of New South Wales and Queensland.

Worth mentioning, this activity is happening despite the rules of the horse racing industry and regulations governing animal protection.

The covert investigation revealed rough treatment of horses at the slaughterhouse before and during slaughter.

It is not illegal to slaughter horses in Australia, but it is against industry policy and rules.

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Paul McGreevy, veterinarian and professor of behavioral science and animal protection at the University of Sydney, confessed he was horrified by what he witnessed. 

For the past two years, Mr. Elio Celotto and the Race Protection Coalition have been monitoring the Meramist slaughterhouse, located north of Brisbane, with remote cameras and recording daily activity there. In the Meramist kiln, cattle are slaughtered, with horses an estimated 500 are slaughtered each month.

With the Stallion Protection Coalition alone, a group of undercover investigators entered the slaughterhouse and captured over a thousand hours of horses being passed through the slaughterhouse and how they were treated.

This process recorded about 300 horses passed the Meramist slaughter in just 22 days. In particular, one day the secret camera recorded more than 40 horses slaughtered.

Pictures captured and transmitted to ABC News also show slaughter workers torturing the animals before slaughtering them. Specifically, the horses were beaten and tortured, repeatedly beaten in the head and killed. Some of them were kicked and subjected to electric shocks.

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Yet, one worker was seen beating the horses repeatedly with a board, another beat them with water pipes.

The horse racing industry in Australia is a huge business that requires a great deal of supply. Last fiscal year, the industry produced 14,000 foal. In addition, about 8,500 horses are withdrawn from the track each year.

According to the country’s horse racing industry, less than 1% of racing horses ended their fate at the slaughterhouse.

However, according to him, the racing industry’s guarantees are not reliable. In fact, a huge number of horses are having a horrible end, at least 4,000 horses per year.

Peter V’Landys, the horse racing industry official in New South Wales, said he knew nothing about the horses being taken to the slaughterhouse, and said anyone found violating the rules would be Strict handling.

However, pictures provided to ABC News also show the race horses being sold to butchers and their lives being terminated at pet food factories, including Luddenham Pet Meat. .

ABC station has confirmed that Luddenham Pet Meat is supplying the hound industry with hamburgers. However, Mr. V’Landys said he had no evidence that race horse meat was being supplied to hunting dogs.