My bill to save racehorses has been introduced to the Upper House

Last week, I introduced a critical bill to the NSW Upper House: the Racehorse Legislation Amendment (Welfare and Registration) Bill 2020.

This bill is crucial to reducing suffering and deaths in the NSW horse racing industry, as it would:

  • ban whips, tongue ties, and spurs
  • criminalise sending ex-racehorses to knackeries
  • put in place a birth-to-death racehorse registration and rehoming scheme.

As I said in my half-hour speech to the bill,

“The so-called sport of kings has been exposed as profiteering from the distressed and blood-soaked bodies of its victims—the innocent horses who are broken, beaten and tormented, all for the holy dollar. One would at least expect the Melbourne Cup to deliver the industry’s ethical gold standard. Last year yet another horse fell and died in front of a worldwide audience. Anthony Van Dyck became the seventh horse to die across the past seven Melbourne Cups. A 4 per cent mortality rate in a three-week live export journey would trigger a major investigation with a view to shut down the industry. Why is horse racing immune to such scrutiny? It cannot be—and it will not be. The time will come when the industry loses its social licence completely. Until that historic day, the bill protects the magnificent, majestic horses trapped within the industry from the worst of its practices. I commend the bill to the House.

I will fight hard to get my bill through Parliament, and you can help: please take the time today to email your MP and demand an end to this cruel industry.

A quick note about my Facebook page:

After getting in touch with Facebook, for a short time my page was restored, only for the page to be taken down again. I will keep you updated as things progress.

When my page is up and running again, I will upload footage of my speech in its entirety. In the meantime, you can read it in full here.

Thank you for your patience, and for standing with me for animals.

Yours sincerely,

Mark Pearson