2015 can and should be the year that South Australia dumps the jumps.
Jumps racing has proven to be dangerous for jockeys and deadly for horses. Since 2009 here in South Australia, 16 horses have been killed as a direct result of jumps racing. This is despite the comparatively low number of jumps races being run.
Jumps racing horses are 20 times more likely to die than flat racing horses – and it’s time to stop the carnage.
Everyone from the South Australian Jockey Club to the RSPCA want to see jumps racing stopped – now we’re calling on the Parliament to heed the statistics and ban this cruel and outdated pastime.
People love a day at the races, but no one wants to see the day end in death or serious injury.
It’s time for South Australia to play catch up with much of the country by banning jumps racing for good.