Sunny Fame, Only Money, Rapid Feet are the names of just some of the thoroughbred racehorses that have been killed in Australian slaughterhouses this year.
These horses were once fierce competitors on the race track, but once their owners decided they have outlived their use, they were shipped out to slaughter.
The racehorses are then butchered for human consumption or turned into pet food.
This is happening, despite the practice being against the rules laid out by the sport's regulatory body Racing NSW
which states that all retired racehorses should be rehomed.
A recent expose has uncovered that these horses are being killed on a massive scale with one New South Wales abattoir killing 300 racehorses in just 22 days.
The horses are not only dying but suffering. Undercover video shows that the thoroughbreds were teased, beaten and abused before ever being killed.
Perhaps what is most disturbing, is the fact the Racing NSW knew that it was going on for more than a year and did nothing.
The fact that possibly thousands of horses are being slaughtered per year, despite regulatory agency prohibitions proves that these self-imposed industry "slaughter bans" are toothless. Without real government legislation to ensure that racehorses aren't sent to the knackery, racehorse owners and breeders have no real incentive to dispose of the horses the way they see fit.
The lack of federal regulations on killing racehorses means that Racing NSW's rule will likely not protect thoroughbreds from being sent to the knackery. The only way to do so is for the federal government to pass a ban on the practice altogether. Australia has a responsibility to protect its horses from abuse and murder. Currently, that is not happening. But we can change that. Please add your name to the list and ask the Australian government to ban the slaughter of racing horses.