They call The Melbourne Cup ‘The Race That Stops a Nation’, but we’re not seeing anyone stop to consider the 9 horses that have died or been injured on the lead up to the Melbourne Cup 2018, the 3 horses that died shortly after Melbourne Cup 2017 or the Melbourne Cup ‘tragedy’ 2018 as The Cliffsofmoher is euthanised after the race.
Do you remember seeing the headline “Melbourne Cup favourite Japan’s Admire Rakti died of a suspected heart attack just five minutes after the running of Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup” after The Melbourne Cup 2017?
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not just The Melbourne Cup that is rife with cruelty and death of horses racing, it’s the entire horse racing industry.
The vast majority of thoroughbreds (flat and jumps racers) and standardbred (harness racers) horses fail to run fast enough or become injured and are just ‘discarded’.
In the 12 months from 1 August 2017 to 31 July 2018, 119 horses died on Australian racetracks; that’s one every three days, according to a report by the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses. The Melbourne Cup is a cruel sport and it needs to end now.
As Australian’s, we need to do the right thing and be the Nation that Stops the Race.
Melbourne Cup ‘tragedy’ 2018 as The Cliffsofmoher is euthanised
Regal Monarch the horse dies shortly after fall in Melbourne Cup 2017