Did you see Professor Paul McGreevy’s fantastic article in The Conversation?
McGreevy is a Professor of Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare Science at the University of Sydney, who recently published a landmark scientific paper showing that horses have the capability to feel as much pain from whipping as humans.
His new article in The Conversation, 10 Reasons To Stop Whipping Racehorses, tells you everything you need to know about his latest study – and everything you need to know about horse whipping, really.
In any other context the use of the whip would be considered animal cruelty and prosecutable under the law.
Yet despite the evidence and public opinion stacking up against the use of the whip, the industry is hesitant to change.
75% of Australians think horses should not be hit with a whip in the normal course of a race.
Yet as recently as September, CEO of Racing NSW, Peter V’Landys, said “we’ve got to educate the public the whip doesn’t hurt”.
The public have made up their mind.
The science is clear.
The whip needs to be banned.
That’s why I’m introducing a bill to NSW Parliament to:
* ban the use of the whip, spurs and tongue ties
*criminalise sending ex-racehorses to knackeries
* put in place a birth-to-death racehorse registration and rehoming scheme
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:
Thank you for speaking up with me.