Early day motion 577 HITTING HORSES IN RACING
To those who care about the welfare of animals this will be a no brainer.. The text of this Early Day Motion reads as follows:
That this House notes with concern that racehorses are routinely beaten
with a whip under rules set by the industry's regulatory body, the
British Horseracing Authority (BHA); further notes that these rules
explicitly sanction the use of the whip for so-called encouragement, in
order that jockeys may try to improve their chances of winning; observes
that new research demonstrates that the majority of whip strikes and
breaches occur in the final stages of hotly contested races, even though
evidence indicates that whipping for this purpose is counter-productive
and does not make a horse go faster; further observes that horseracing
is the only form of public entertainment to involve hitting animals, and
believes that this is out of place in a nation with a great concern for
animal wellbeing; notes that no other animal can be legally beaten in
such circumstances, and that a 2014 YouGov poll found that 70 per cent
of all respondents oppose racehorses being whipped; recognises that, for
genuine purposes of safety, where other methods have failed to bring a
horse under control, a whip can be legitimately employed, as recommended
by the RSPCA and as is already the case in Norway; and calls on the
Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to ensure that the BHA's rules are
amended to forbid use of the whip for encouragement or for equivalent
There should be no place for cruelty in a civilised country.
I would encourage you to vist Animal Aid's Horse racing page.
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