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27 September 2012

South Australia’s final scheduled jumps race for 2012 will be held at Mt Gambier today,

wrapping up another tragic season on our tracks.

RSPCA (SA) Media and Campaigns Manager Jennifer Salter hopes it will be our last.

“The RSPCA is incredibly disappointed that the Government and racing authorities continue to

put horses and jockeys at risk each year,” she said.

“Once again, animals have died in the name of sport or entertainment. That is a disturbing

indictment on our State.

“This year, three jumps horses lost their lives. And with today’s 3200m hurdle at Mt Gambier,

that number could rise.

“Five were killed across the State last year – and they’re just the on-track fatalities.

“Yet this dangerous activity is allowed to continue.

“While the horses may have a temporary reprieve, the Government and racing authorities will

not.

“The RSPCA will continue to campaign in the coming weeks and months for an end to jumps

racing, because the risks are unacceptably high.

“South Australians need to act now, before another season gets underway.

“We are urging people to contact the Premier, TRSA and the SAJC to voice their concerns.

“Jumps racing is unacceptable in every other State except Victoria.

“It’s a dying sport and the decision makers are running out of reasons to justify it.”

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