A horse is killed on Australian racetracks every 2.5 days, with thousands of horses injured every year. Exploited and overworked, racehorses endure cruel and unnecessary tools of control that force them to run ever-faster: whips, spurs, and tongue-ties.
An untold number of ex-racehorses are also sent to knackeries and abbottoirs every single day across Australia. In NSW, there are no laws against slaughtering ex-racehorses, no mandatory tracking of horses, and no legal requirements to re-home retired racehorses. No wonder “retired” horses so often go “missing”.
The result was the Racehorse Legislation Amendment (Welfare and Registration) Bill 2021, which, if passed, will:
- Ban the slaughter of ex-racehorses
- Ensure mandatory re-homing
- Establish birth to death tracking
- Ban whips, spurs and tongue-ties in horse racing
A notice of motion of the bill was given in Parliament on 2 June 2020, and the bill was subsequently introduced on 17 February 2021, when Mark also gave his Second Reaching speech, outlining why the bill is urgently needed in NSW.