The 2012 Jumps racing season killed six horses.
Jotilla died in the very first race of the Victorian season, while Virvacity & Art Success – two
horses who without doubt should not have been racing, were both killed at the Oakbank Racing Club’s Easter Carnival. While The Black Oak Foremost were both killed in Victorian jumps trials. With the mostrecent death “Jockey Jack” being euthanised after fracturing his leg at Morphettville, in complete contrast to what can only be described as a massive media campaign by RVL & TRSA to convince the masses that jumps racing is safe, and here to stay. The hedges that John Glatz described as softer, safer and able to forgive the slightest mistake claimed two lives in 4 races. The public is being lied to. Jumps racing IS NOT a worthy second chance for Australian Thoroughbreds.
In 2011 , 11 horses died, thanks to the “sport” known as jumps racing. There were also 51 falls, resulting in injuries like soft tissue damage, bleeding noses, bruising, strains, and worst case, broken limbs like legs and necks (resulting in the destruction of the horse).
The jumps racing season is only 5 months long, running from April – September. The number of falls and deaths, especially in such a very short period of time, is simply unacceptable.
Currently, the Victorian & South Australian governments have ignored the overwhelming vote by distressed members of the public and animal welfare groups such as the RSPCA, Animals Australia, Animal Liberation & Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses, to ban this barbaric “sport”.
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