Demand an end to the suffering. Shut down the Melbourne Cup.

As you feed snookums tonight, you can be assured in the knowledge that you are feeding your fluffy little monster pure thoroughbred, prime horsemeat.

Having outlived their usefulness, no longer capable of bringing in the millions and fresh off the racetracks your horsemeat is sure to go down a treat. 25,000 horses are destroyed yearly purely for this reason: they are too expensive to keep. Why not export them to japan and Europe where they will reach the dinner plates of thousands.

The truth hurts. This glamorous “sport” that us humans love so dearly has a dark side; consider the pain and suffering horses endure so that you can dress up on cup day. The physical suffering that these majestic beasts have to go through is immense.

A University of Melbourne study found race exertion sees half of racehorses bleed in the windpipe and 90% bleed deeper in the lungs. High-concentrate grain diets (rather than extended grazing) can lead to gastric ulcers. A study of racehorses at Randwick found 89% had stomach ulcers, and many of the horses had deep, bleeding ulcers within eight weeks of training commencement. And then there are the more obvious muscular-skeletal injuries, such as torn ligaments and tendons, dislocated joints and occasional fractured bones.

It is cruelty dressed up as a day out for the family. Stop it now.

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