At the end of the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday, studies show:
- Between 90% to 100% of the horses will have bleeding lungs, with 56% having the blood pushed up through in their windpipe and in severe cases, out their nose (exercise induced pulmonary haemorrhaging)
- Approximately 86% will be suffering from stomach ulcers, due to not being given the opportunity to naturally gaze and level out their hydrochloric acid secretion which is produced throughout the day in grazing animals. (Race horses are kept in stables up to 22hrs a day and only fed 2-3 times daily.)
- Most will end up being killed for dog food at a knackery (horse abattoir) when they are no longer financially viable
- The horses in the race would’ve been of the roughly 30% bred for the racing industry which “made it”. The remaining 70% would’ve already have been killed, simply because they couldn’t run fast enough or for sustaining an injury from being physiologically pushed too young and/or too hard.
18,000 horses are killed each year as the result of horse racing in Australia. Please reconsider your support of this industry.
For more info such as citations and references - as well as further truths associated with the industry, check out:
Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses