Disturbing images show that healthy racehorses are brutally slaughtered amid claims that the & # 39; gruesome practice & # 39; on an & # 39; industrial scale & # 39; happens.
An explosive two-year investigation by the ABC & # 39; s 7.30, which some say it & # 39; will shake the industry to its core & # 39 ;, reveals an alarming number of retired thoroughbreds being killed for meat for human consumption.
The official data from Racing Australia claim that around 34 race horses end up in slaughterhouses each year, a figure that makes up less than one percent of the horses leaving.
But Elio Celotto from the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses told the ABC that around 4,000 racehorses had been killed in one slaughterhouse alone.
Disturbing images show that hundreds of healthy racehorses are being mistreated and slaughtered for consumption in a study that, according to some, & # 39; the industry will shake to the limit & # 39;
That slaughterhouse – located in southeastern Queensland – has been the subject of investigation and has been infiltrated with hidden cameras.
The cameras showed that in just 22 days, more than 300 racehorses, who together won $ 5 million in prize money, were killed.
Mr Celotto said that even from the property boundary, hundreds of horses can be seen, unloaded and abused by employees.
A shocking vision shows workers in the slaughterhouse who mistreat the horses, beat them, kick them and even shout abuse at them.
& # 39; Come on, stupid horse! F ***! You're dead! You are dead! & # 39; a worker can be heard screaming.
Other workers shouted cheerfully as they shot the horses with a stun gun in the head – some up to five times.
Animal Welfare and Behavioral Scientist Professor Paul McGreevy told the ABC that & # 39; no way & # 39; was where the racing industry could defend the behavior.
& # 39; This is a clear violation of everything the industry has told us. Clearly there is no excuse for that kind of treatment, that is not acceptable … and it is disgusting, & he said.
& # 39; The truth revealed by this video & # 39; s is that thoroughbred knackeries and slaughterhouses come in, and that their treatment within those facilities can be terrible.
& # 39; I think we are at a fork in the road. You cannot deny the images. This is the kind of material that will shake the industry to the core. & # 39;
Sitting and watching the disturbing images, Mr. McGreevy became visibly emotional when he saw the horses suffer.
The investigation also showed allegations of multiple cases of animal abuse in the slaughterhouses to which horses are sent.
An explosive two-year investigation into the $ 1 billion industry conducted by ABC & # 39; s 7:30 am has caused the damage to be destroyed, with horses being mistreated
A shocking vision causes workers in the slaughterhouse to mistreat the horses, whip, kick and even shout at them
The ABC says that despite the rules of racing top performance requiring the registration and tracking of horses from birth to retirement, racehorses are still killed every week in slaughterhouses.
Racing NSW CEO Peter V & # 39; landys tod the ABC he was not aware of NSW race horses that were sent to slaughterhouses.
However, he said that if it does occur, the state body & # 39; would exercise the full force of the law & # 39; against offenders.
Following the greyhound live feed scandal and the temporary ban on sport, the NSW horse racing industry announced that they would take a proactive stance on the welfare of horses.
The greyhound racing industry in Australia had to get the damage under control after trainers tied live piglets, opossums and rabbits to train the dogs.
The living piglets, opossums, and rabbits were tied to bait before being sent over private tracks before being chased and killed by dogs.
Following the live baiting scandal of the greyhound and the temporary ban on sport
The Greyhound Racing industry in Australia had to get the damage under control after it turned out that trainers tied live piglets, opossums and rabbits to train the dogs
Former NSW Prime Minister Mike Baird banned greyhound racing in July 2016 just to destroy it in October and said it was the & # 39; wrong call & # 39; used to be.
After the scandal, the new animal welfare measures in NSW and the ACT were intended to protect horses before, during and after their careers.
Mr. V & # 39; landys said at the time that every racehorse would be relocated to NSW and given to someone who wants it.
However, the investigation showed that many NSW horses were sent to other states to be killed, even those that were still listed as active racers.
Professor McGreevy said there is a gray area in terms of regulation, because people are still slaughtering horses and exporting meat to markets in Europe, Russia and Japan.
& # 39; When we bet on horses, we work with this industry and we earn better, the horses earn better, people who love the industry earn better. So the industry has abandoned many people and abandoned many horses, & he said.
Although Racing Australia claims that only one percent of retired racehorses are sent to slaughterhouses, Professor McGreevey said more than that will be killed in just one week.
Mr V & # 39; landys insists that NSW racehorses are treated well and does not know that someone is breaking the rules.
In the light of the investigation, gamblers are in danger of boycotting the Melbourne Cup because of the mistreatment of horses
If NSW Racing believes that people are breaking the rules, Mr. V & # 39; landys said they & # 39; fairly quickly & # 39; will be addressed.
But people like Mr. Celotto and Professor McGreevey claim that the industry has already abandoned many people and many horses.
In the light of the 7.30 report, gamblers risk boycotting the Melbourne Cup.
& # 39; By the way, will never again bet on Melbourne Cup or any other horse race & # 39 ;, a user wrote on Facebook.
& # 39; BOYCOTT DE MELBOURNE CUP … the horse racing must end, & # 39; another commented.
& # 39; Everyone should boycott the Spring Racing Carnival. If your workplace has a Melbourne Cup range, say no and ask the organizer if he or she really knows what's behind the veil of & # 39; & # 39; glamor & # 39; & # 39; happens, & # 39; said a third.
While the majority viewing the report made damning comments that slammed the racing industry, some went to social media and claimed it was a & # 39; media outbreak & # 39; was during the racing season.
& # 39; Here we go and it once a year knows it all starts. Why don't you follow and protest EVERY day of the year, NOT just around the Melbourne Cup time? & # 39; one said.
& # 39; Always comes around head time & # 39 ;, another said.
& # 39; Has to get close to the Melbourne Cup again. All half-ed ed animal activists only come out at this time of the year, & # 39; wrote a third.
Victorian bookmaker Jonathan Walsh said about the report: & # 39; Given the improvement that has been made over the last decade, it was a very poor and typically leftist journalism & # 39 ;.
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