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Greens Jump Racing Ban Bill Clears Final Hurdle

Today, the jumps racing carnage ends in South Australia. Jumps racing has finally been banned in South Australia with the Lower House passing the Greens’ Bill. This is a huge win for animal welfare in our state, and the culmination of years of advocacy from the Greens and animal welfare groups.

South Australia has finally joined most of the country – save Victoria – in putting an end to this barbaric practice.

Quotes attributable to Tammy Franks MLC

“The writing has been on the wall for some time, and we have now handed certainty to the industry that jumps racing is well and truly over in our State.

“We have known for a long time that jumps racing is dangerous for both horses and jockeys. We know from interstate examples that the so-called safety measures don’t work, and that horses still fall. The best thing that can be done for jumps racing is to put an end to it, and I am so glad that the South Australian Parliament has finally done that. This is a massive day for those who value animal welfare in our State.

“The industry has also been ready for some time for jumps racing to end: attendance is low, but injuries and deaths are high. We are all ready to move on from the cruelty.

“We couldn’t have achieved this without the staunch work and advocacy of animal welfare groups across the country, who have been calling for the end of this cruelty for a very long time. This win is as much theirs as it is the Greens’.

“There will of course be some who mourn the loss of a so-called tradition, but some traditions can and should be phased out as our society evolves. Tradition can never serve as an excuse for animal suffering.

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