Since 2008, the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR) has been exposing the inherent cruelty of the racing industry to bring about positive change for the horses involved. Through our campaigns, lobbying and public education, we have already significantly impacted on the racing industry, who before our existence had operated for over 150 years without any accountability.
Some of the major changes we have seen so far:
• Industry-funded retirement programs in Victoria and NSW – a step in the right direction while we continue to campaign for a national and complete retirement plan.
• Whip rule changes –made in both 2009 and 2015, with the industry citing it as a response to our campaigns and ‘public concern’ for the welfare of animals.
• Implementation of retirement form for racehorses – to track racehorses following retirement. A great win – but now we’re pushing for the information to be made available.
• Declining attendance figures – The Melbourne Cup Carnival has seen a 20% drop in attendance figures since 2008.
New South Wales, in particular, has been leading the way on horses used by the racing industry welfare, by introducing:
• A 1% levy on prizemoney to fund a retirement program.
• The purchase of a 1500-hectare property to be used to rehabilitate and retrain retired horses.
• A pledge that all horses used by the racing industry that reside in NSW will be banned from being sent to slaughter
To learn more about CPR and our campaigns to help horses used by the racing industry, please visit www.horseracingkills.com We have big plans for 2018 and beyond. To make our future campaigns as effective as possible, the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses is seeking funds that will go directly towards our educational, investigative and campaign efforts.