The dark side of horse racing

Emma Moses, Mullumbimby

Are animal cruelty and domestic violence things to be celebrating? Once again the Melbourne Cup rolls around, the best dresses, shoes and hats are given an outing and the champagne flows.

Recent exposure of the industry’s dark side (because animals being put down on the track behind a screen seemingly wasn’t shocking enough) has rightfully led to wider support for banning horse racing.

It seems not only the horses suffer, but welfare groups report that the combination of gambling and alcohol lead to a spike in DV cases on Cup day. Surely we can do better?

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