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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, by demanding whip-free racing in 2016.
Whips are cruel and unnecessary
Top performance horses need great genetics, great preparation and great horsemanship. Whipping does not come into it.
Horses are being flogged
Under current racing rules, Jockeys can whip their horse as many times as they like in the last 100 metres of a race.
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.
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 Victoria Racing Club (VRC) to make 2015 the last year of whips at the Melbourne Cup, and take whips off the ticket in 2016.