Racing industry’s ‘dark side’: Horse dies every three days on racetrack - activist

Long Lunch 07/11/2018
Photo: Getty.

In amongst all the fashion and fluttering at Flemmington on Tuesday, there was tragedy on the racecourse.

Star Northern Hemisphere horse The Cliffsofmoher, prepared by master trainer Aidan O’Brien, was tragically euthanised after suffering a shoulder fracture early in the race.

The star European horse pulled up lame, as the field passed the finishing post first time around.

The 5-year-old Irish stayer had won $1.7m for his owners. But his death on the track is not a rarity.

The Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses says every three days a horse is killed on an Australian racetrack.

Jockey Ryan Moore checks on The Cliffsofmoher. Photo: Getty.

So far, 119 racehorses have been killed this year, according to

Elio Celotto, Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses campaign manager, says no animal deserves to die for gambling profits.

“There is very much a dark side to the racing industry.

“These horses are pushed way too far, way too often, and way too young. As a result, this is what happens,” Mr Celotto told RadioLIVE.

Animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has called for an investigation into the death, which it described as "the most recent victim of the cruel annual spectacle".

Listen to the full interview with Elio Celotto above.

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