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Cup-Winning Trainer’s Cruelty Case Moved

Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Darren Weir and others accused of torturing race horses and corrupt betting have won a bid to move the case to regional Victoria. Weir, together with his ex-foreman and fellow trainer Jarrod McLean and stablehand William Hernan, appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday. A fourth alleged conspirator, stablehand Tyson Kermond, did[...]
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Cup Winning Trainer’s Torture Case Moved

Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Darren Weir and others accused of torturing horses and corrupt betting have won a bid to move their case to regional Victoria. Weir, together with fellow trainer Jarrod McLean and stablehand William Hernan, appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday. A fourth alleged conspirator, stablehand Tyson Kermond, did not appear because[...]
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New Group Bid For Horse Welfare Strategy

Former Victorian premier Dr Denis Napthine will head an independent working group of industry groups to develop a national horse welfare strategy. Thoroughbred Breeders Australia, the Australian Trainers’ Association, the Australian Jockeys’ Association, race clubs, studs and big-name owners and trainers are behind the initiative to review the current welfare landscape in Australia. The working[...]
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Wa Moves To Improve Racehorse Welfare

Racehorses in Western Australia will get a “passport” to track their condition and whereabouts when they retire under proposed animal welfare reforms sparked by revelations of cruelty at a Queensland abattoir. After ABC vision showed workers at the Meramist Abattoir in Caboolture tormenting horses before they were killed, WA Racing and Gaming Minister Paul Papalia[...]
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Dancing Outside Races For Cup Protesters

Protesters outside the Melbourne Cup held anti-cruelty placards but organisers also put on live music, costumes, and a “human race” because they know people want to party. The Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses organised the protest outside Flemington racecourse amid the bustle of the “race that stops the nation”. “Cup day is a very[...]
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Horse Welfare Fears Fail To Spook Pollies

Political heavyweights have united behind Australia’s under-fire horse racing industry, with fresh welfare concerns failing to spook lawmakers. Racing figures met with political leaders from both sides of the divide on Tuesday night for an annual event at Parliament House in Canberra. The event followed last week’s 7.30 investigation, showing graphic footage of workers at[...]
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WA Moves To Keep Track Of Racehorse Fate

The West Australian government is moving to ensure oversight of racehorses from birth until death after a recent ABC report showed the animals being tormented at a Queensland abbatoir. Currently, Racing and Wagering Western Australia only keeps track of racehorses until retirement. Racing and gaming minister Paul Papalia told parliament on Tuesday there were gaps[...]
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Horse Welfare On Ministers’ Meeting Agenda

Australia’s agriculture ministers will urgently discuss the welfare of retired racehorses after a scandal surrounding the animals being mistreated before being slaughtered. Federal Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie said the issue would be a top priority at Friday’s meeting with her counterparts in Melbourne. “It’s really important that we have a discussion as the country’s agriculture[...]
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Qld Horse Abattoir May Face Criminal Probe

Biosecurity officers have inspected a Queensland abattoir at the centre of a racehorse cruelty scandal but no charges have been laid so far. Officers examined the Meramist Abattoir at Caboolture on Friday after the ABC 7.30 program aired distressing footage of some staff beating, shocking, and screaming abuse at former racehorses before they were slaughtered.[...]
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Trainers Agree More Must Be Done

The care and wellbeing of racehorses does not stop when they leave stables after their racing careers are over with leading trainers saying they do everything to ensure they have forever homes. Although in NSW trainers are required to notify where the horses go on retirement, cracks in the system show it is when horses[...]
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