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15 September 2012

The RSPCA has serious concerns about a jumps race at Morphettville today, just a month

after a horse was killed there.

RSPCA (SA) Media and Campaigns Manager Jennifer Salter said every jumps race puts horses

and jockeys at risk.

“The RSPCA is disappointed that authorities continue to put entertainment before animal

welfare,” she said.

“Jumps racing is dangerous. Three horses have died in South Australia this year, including

one at Morphettville in mid August.

“Five perished across SA last year – three of them at Morphettville.

“And these are just the on-track fatalities.

“Despite these dismal statistics, racing authorities continue to believe jumps racing is an

acceptable sport.

“It’s sad and disappointing that in 2012, they still think it’s acceptable for horses to die on

the track.

“Victoria and South Australia are the only States that continue to allow this form of racing.

Clearly, the SA Government and racing authorities have their blinkers on.

“The RSPCA is encouraging South Australians to take action, to help end this outdated and

unforgiving “sport”.

“We’re asking people to contact the South Australian Jockey Club, Thoroughbred Racing SA

and the Premier to voice their concerns.

“The more people who stand up for the animals involved, the harder it will be for the

decision makers to justify jumps racing in SA.”

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