World First: Australia Bans Whips From Harness Racing

Harness Racing Australia (HRA) announced Saturday that it will become the first racing organization in the world to implement an outright ban on the use of whips in harness racing, according to the Herald Sun. Whips will reportedly be outlawed in both racing and training. “The decision sets the pace in animal welfare and for […]

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Seven Cheltenham Festival Deaths Prompt RSPCA To Meet With British Horseracing Authority

The hugely popular Cheltenham Festival in the United Kingdom was darkened this week as the four-day event gave way to seven equine deaths, the highest toll in at least the past 10 years. The Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals announced that it would be calling a meeting with the British Horseracing Authority […]

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All About Transparency: British Racing’s Management Of Press, Public, And Animal Welfare

When Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni emerged from the offices of the British Horseracing Authority on High Holburn Street in London, he was greeted by an enormous mob of photographers and reporters, the size of which was on par with a mid-level movie star sighting in the U.S. At the time in 2013, Al Zarooni […]

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Photos of Wigmore Hall Euthanasia Spark Controversy

Photographs of multiple stakes winner Wigmore Hall being euthanized on-track published in England’s Daily Mirror on Friday have ignited controversy in the racing world. Wigmore Hall was euthanized by a track veterinarian using a pistol after fracturing a leg at Doncaster Racecourse on Sept. 13. Almost a week later, the Mirror published a cover photograph of the veterinarian […]

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RSPCA responds to Grand National deaths

After a tragic accident that took the lives of two horses this weekend, the RSPCA has responded by saying they will look into all of the circumstances surrounding the race. “The RSPCA will continue to have a close dialogue with the racecourse’s management and will address any concerns.” There is much more to their statement […]

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