Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson Tammy Franks MLC will tomorrow (on Saturday) join with Animal Liberation, the RSPCA and other animal welfare groups to call on the State Government to dump the jumps in 2016.
“It’s been more than two decades since a Senate committee recommended that jumps racing be dumped,” Ms Franks said.
“The last jumps race was run in Queensland in 1903, jumps racing was banned in New South Wales in 1997 – and now only South Australia and Victoria continue to run these controversial races.
“The momentum for dumping jumps racing has been gathering pace for decades – and this year a state parliamentary committee will consider its future.
“Since 2009 we’ve seen at least 16 horses involved in jumps racing die in South Australia, despite the relatively small number of jumps races run.
“Time and again jumps racing has proven dangerous for jockeys and deadly for our race horses. It’s time to stop the carnage,” Ms Franks concluded.
Ms Franks will speak at a rally against jumps racing, to be held outside Parliament House tomorrow (Saturday, January 16). More information can be found here.