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Harness Racing Australia Bans the Whip
The Australian harness racing industry has just become the first racing code in the world to voluntarily ban the use of whips
When millions of Australians tune in to watch the race that stops the nation, too few will realise they’re not only witnessing the most public form of animal cruelty, but they’re actually cheering it on. Help make last year's Melbourne Cup the final one to allow the needless flogging of horses. Demand whip-free racing.
Whips are cruel and unnecessary
Top performance horses need great genetics, great preparation and great horsemanship. Whipping does not come into it.
There will still be a winner
2011 research found 98% of horses were being whipped without it influencing the race outcome. Without whips, horses still win races.
Horses are being repeatedly flogged
Under current racing rules, Jockeys can whip their horse as many times as they like in the last 100 metres of a race.
In an era where beating animals is considered cruelty in every other arena, the whipping of horses is still a familiar sight in Australian racing. Urge the Australian racing industry to take whiips off the ticket.