SPCA takes on horse-racing

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Animals suffer when they are used for sport and entertainment, the National Council of the SPCA said on Tuesday.

“The council opposes animal racing in any form,” said Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals spokeswoman Celeste Houseman.

“The council opposes any practices that cause unnecessary suffering to equines...during training or during the actual event.”

A horse was put down after breaking its front leg at the Durban July race in Greyville on Saturday.

“This is a classic example of why the SPCA movement takes the stance of opposing racing with animals,” said Houseman.

“The tragedy is that a horse was injured to the extent that it had to be killed.” -

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Anonymous, wrote

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05:12pm on 5 July 2011
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Oh please, those horses would be sent to the glue factories if it was not for horse racing. And I trule doubt that animals who must be in top form will be treated badly in any way. It is like saying Ferari uses their formula 1 cars to plough farm land. I am getting sick of this liberal garbage being talked in SA these days.

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Anonymous, wrote

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05:04pm on 5 July 2011
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Same thing happened in 2005.

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Fester, wrote

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05:03pm on 5 July 2011
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Its about time the horses are considered, they are even made to race at night. These poor animals are worked to death just to make money for "sport". What does the horse benefit? A lousy life if you ask me. The owners get all misty eyed about a horse if it wins but let it lose a few times and its sold as horse meat.

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roryb, wrote

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04:45pm on 5 July 2011
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What nonsense. One horse dies and you ban the sport. Narrow minded clowns. Horse racing has been around for centuries, and there is too much money tied up in the industry for anyone to listen to claptrap from the SPCA.

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roryb, wrote

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04:44pm on 5 July 2011
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What nonsense. One horse dies and you ban the sport. Narrow minded clowns. Horse racing has been around for centuries, and there is too much money tied up in the industry for anyone to listen to claptrap from the SPCA.

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Anonymous, wrote

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04:39pm on 5 July 2011
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And let us not forget the 3 or 4 that had to be killed after the Grand National in the UK .. Horse racing is a barbaric sport !!!

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Mapele, wrote

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04:30pm on 5 July 2011
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this is swaak

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Gordon, wrote

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04:21pm on 5 July 2011
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I agree completely. Horse racing is gambling dressed up to pretend to be fashionable. It's easy to gamble in casinos now, so it's time to put an end to this cruel industry. Owners, trainers and jockeys will tell you they love the sport and they love the horses. They are lying - they just love the money.

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Anonymous, wrote

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04:08pm on 5 July 2011
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This does not explain why the NSPCA has done nothing about the poor elephants kept in terrible condition and forced to perform for entertainment by the circus called Brian's Circus???

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Cecile-Ann, wrote

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04:02pm on 5 July 2011
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SPCA needs to seriously think about what they are doing here. Banning horse racing will cost thousands of people their jobs including their own.

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Anonymous, wrote

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04:01pm on 5 July 2011
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I must agree wholeheartedly - my 9 year old son was watching and was totally devasted by the news announced. His comments were " mommy why must they kill the horse like that - if they can find cures for other illness, why cant they help the horses to try and enjoy their life even if they are put on a farm to enjoy themselves and play. If a 9 year old can ask for solutions then we should take note - this is pure cruelty to animals and they dont have a voice so its time somebody spoke up for them

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Harold, wrote

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03:45pm on 5 July 2011
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This is bulldust! When Arton Senna was killed, did anyone stop motor racing? The industry of Horseracing is a noble one and the authorities and the role players take great care to ensure that horses are well cared for. Were it not for horseracing the thoroughbred racehorse would be extinct.

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Anonymous, wrote

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03:41pm on 5 July 2011
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About bloody time too!

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