Premier suspends euthanasia push to condemn abattoirs

Queensland Government launches inquiry into cruelty of retired racehorses.

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11 Responses to Premier suspends euthanasia push to condemn abattoirs

  1. Mother Lode

    Professional courtesy – the accidental premier will be very aware that, having no actual skills that will serve after she is dropped by the electorate, she will not be long for this side of the gate of the knackers yard.

    The report says that the ABC’s 7:30 Report crew filmed wanton cruelty being inflicted on the horses, I can’t quite quell the suspicion it was another one of those Animal Rights groups who give footage to the ABC so the latter can pretend they were not party to it and the former can stand on their half-witted dole-funded crank creds.

    And of no one finds out it is a win win.

    I have no interest in the animals being tortured – they aren’t ibises – but my first reaction to anything from the ABC is “Where is the lie they are trying to get away with?”

  2. jupes

    but my first reaction to anything from the ABC is “Where is the lie they are trying to get away with?”

    Yep.

  3. One thing that I’ve found when it comes to any of the racing industry variations, horse racing, greyhounds etc, is that the owners (most, but not all) of these animals have no concern for the welfare of those animals once they stop performing or fail to meet expectations.

    The greyhound adoption industry is huge because unwanted greyhounds are much easier to re-home than horses. Yes, the knackery is the final resting place for ex-racehorses, but when you see these once fine animals just becoming skin and bone as they await their final fate (probably aware they have been disposed of), it is saddening.

    And yes, I’ve seen what these animals look like first hand as they await their finals days, it’s not pretty.

  4. Bruce of Newcastle

    I am always fascinated by lefty priorities. For example they decry the eating of horses yet fail to realise that insect pizzas are only possible if thousands of insects are massacred for colonialist-imperialist humans to eat. Surely the lives of a few pampered racehorses are a better sacrifice to Gaia than millions upon millions of poor inoffensive crickets and mealworms?

  5. a happy little debunker

    They sat on the footage for something like 4 months until they could impart maximum damage on the spring racing carnival.

    I’m no horse racing aficionado, I don’t even bet on the Melb Cup – but this is wilful and wanton damage at the expense of many of these same fated horses, as they sat on the footage.

    These people who think so much of animal welfare, really don’t.

  6. Helen

    So if slaughtering horses is so abhorrent why are we licenced to do it? There is a total disconnect here between a useful end to an animals life through being converted to some kind of foodstuff and the idea that these animals should be retired to live out their 20-30 years with all the food and vet bills. It is just not practical. We have that place in the NT where brumbies are supposedly preserved I forget the name of it but they have horrible flogged out country and are forced to desex (at least) if not euthanise to control numbers.

    There is no comparison between slaughtering an animal for use (horses) vis slaughtering to waste ( greyhounds) other than a lack of pragmatism bound up in emotion.

    Maybe we should be able to slaughter dogs too there are probs enough people in Oz now that would appreciate this home cooked delicacy.

  7. calli

    You get to the nub of it, bemused. I am a Cat of a different colour when it comes to racing.

    Cruelty to animals has no place in our society. How cruelty is stopped is another matter. Governments that are quite on board with slaughtering infants in utero and the bedridden elderly are hardly to be trusted with the solution.

  8. Leo G

    So if slaughtering horses is so abhorrent …

    The objection only seems to apply to retired elite class horses.

  9. Mother Lode

    So if slaughtering horses is so abhorrent why are we licenced to do it?

    Looking at your Gravatar, Helen, I would have expected more sympathy.

    At least on one side of the family.

  10. stackja

    Qld government is the problem.

  11. rickw

    So if slaughtering horses is so abhorrent why are we licenced to do it?

    Looking at your Gravatar, Helen, I would have expected more sympathy.

    At least on one side of the family.

    Some people posting on this thread are detached from reality, and it isn’t Helen.

    I’ve worked in an Abattoir, it’s not pretty but you get used to it pretty quickly, fundamentally there is no difference between these horses and last nights steak or chicken kiev.

    Anyone carrying on about the slaughter of race horses is a wanker. There is one weeks supermarket inventory between you taking the “high ground” on this and you stalking a wandering pony with a ball pein hammer and a carving knife.

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