Stop the Jumps!

With the jumps racing season commencing for another year at Oakbank this weekend, Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson Tammy Franks MLC is calling on the State Government to make this season the last for jumps racing in South Australia.

With the jumps racing season commencing for another year at Oakbank this weekend, Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson Tammy Franks MLC is calling on the State Government to make this season the last for jumps racing in South Australia.

“Everyone from the South Australian Jockey Club to the RSPCA wants to see jumps racing stopped,” Ms Franks said.

“South Australia is now one of only two states left to sanction jumps racing – and we’re lagging more than 110 years behind Queensland, where the last jumps race was held in 1903.

“Time and again, jumps racing has proven deadly for horses, and dangerous for jockeys.

“The statistics speak for themselves – we know that jumps racing horses are nearly 19 times more likely to die than flat racing horses and, since 2009, 15 horses are known to have died in South Australia as a result of jumps racing.

“People love a day at the races, but no one wants to see the day end in death or serious injury.

“This is an outdated and cruel pastime that has no place in modern, civilised society.

“Last year we welcomed the stance of the South Australian jockey club, whose board held the position that they’d prefer not to have jumps racing at Morphettville.

“Let’s make this year the last for jumps racing. It’s time to stop the ‘sport’ once and for all.

“There is real momentum for change on this issue, and I look forward to introducing a Bill into Parliament this year to see us follow the lead of our interstate counterparts in Queensland, WA, New South Wales and Tasmania.”

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