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“Based on evidence received during the inquiry, the Committee has serious concerns about the welfare of horses participating in jump races. These concerns are based on the significant probability of a horse suffering serious injury or even death as a result of participating in these events and, in particular, steeplechasing. This concern is exacerbated by evidence suggesting that, even with improvements to the height and placing of jumps, training and education the fatality rate would remain constant. The Committee, therefore, can only conclude that there is an inherent conflict between these activities and animal welfare. Accordingly, the Committee is of the view that relevant State Governments should phase out jump racing over the next three years”.
[Excerpt from the 1991 Senate Select Committee on Animal Welfare recommended that jump racing be phased out over a three year period]

  • In 1997 New South Wales moved to ban jumps racing because of animal cruelty. (Queensland ended jumps racing in the early 1900’s, and Western Australia in the 50’s)
  • In 2007 Tasmania ended jumps racing saying that it wasn’t financially viable
  • In 2009 Racing Chief Rob Hines moved to end jumps racing in Victoria, after professionally conducted polls showed that 65% of people believed that deaths and injuries to horses were not an acceptable price to pay for jumps racing
  • A 2009 Petition to ban jumps racing in South Australia with 5000 signatures was presented to Greens MP Mark Parnell at parliament house in December 2009.

And yet here we are.

The 2015 jumps racing season saw the death of five horses. Two of the horses, Eric Musgrove trained Trenchtown & Rabbuka were considered veteran jumpers. In June, it also saw the serious injury of Jockey Amy Herrman during a jumps trial at Morphettville.  Amy is yet to return to riding.
We are making progress in South Australia. Currently the South Australian select committee into jumps racing are considering submissions on whether the sport should be banned.

We believe that with only 14 South Australian jumps horses in 2015, and 11 South Australian trainers – jumps racing in South Australia doesn’t have long to go.

The jumps racing season is only 6 months long, running from March – September. The number of falls and deaths in such a very short period of time is simply unacceptable.

Pro jumps arguments, call attention to the livelihood of the trainer, the jockey, the welfare of all the left over jumps racing horses, and perhaps most absurdly how horses “love to jump”.

The purpose of this webpage is to address every argument FOR jumps racing, with nothing but factual data, to empower each person to make their own mind up. Please take the time to browse our page and get educated. It’s time to ban jumps racing.

  • Dionne Franklin

    Jumps racing is unnecessarily cruel and horses dying for only money is vulgar and barbaric. I mean really it is barbaric. For human pleasure horses are ridden, whipped and force to make jumps at high speed on mass. To add to the crassness, all of this is usually done while the audience gambles, over consumes alcohol, and eats too much food. Sure there are ‘nice’ people in racing – there are nice people in all facets of life. However, the abuse of animals continues and it has for 100s of years. The nice people say – “we can self regulate”; “we can change things”; “things are changing”. We have heard these hollow words too often for too long things have not changed the nice people can not do what they have charged themselves with.

    Some say don’t ban jumps racing there is money in it and people are employed. Do we really think that the high profit margin is a valid reason – how many other cruel things should we allow because there is money in it. Should the test for whether something is legal or not be the level of money it makes – really, should it? Is our society saying that the cash hides the ugliness of something. Obviously this is a rhetorical question because there are plenty of things that don’t past this test in our society. Yet we still have legalised cruelty to horses and greyhounds.