RIP Bunkered - Another Casualty Of Jumps Racing

A horse was killed on 13 August in the Grand National Steeplechase in Canterbury, confirming yet again that jumps racing is cruel and dangerous. Bunkered, a 7-year old mare, fractured her hind stifle, equivalent to a knee, after jumping a double fence in the grueling 5,600 metre race.

The death of Bunkered follows on from four horses who have already died in New Zealand in jumps races this season – three of them at a single race meeting, making a total of at least 19 horses killed since 2013. Other NZ horses are killed when exported for racing in Australia.

Although all racing poses a danger to the horses involved, (another horse Cool Isa, was euthanised after breaking her leg at a flat race at the Canterbury meeting), jumps racing is particularly problematic. Horses are leaping large fences at speed and can frequently fall or stumble upon landing. Injuries are sustained when the horses fall or crash into jumps or barriers. Racehorses, especially those that suffer fractures, are almost always euthanised.

The horses that do survive are often discarded when no longer deemed able to profitably race, many ending up at the slaughterhouse.

New South Wales has already banned jumps racing. New Zealand needs to do the same.


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15 August 2016