It has been argued that whipping tired horses in racing is the most televised form of violence to animals but it is clear that societal values and consumer preferences are changing as people become more aware of issues surrounding animal welfare.
There is a growing concern around pushing animals to their limits with techniques that can causes them pain. While padded whips are used in Australian horse racing, these whips still cause a visual indentation on horses and 64% of the impacts from the whip are from the unpadded section.
It was found that horses, on average achieve their highest speeds when the horses aren’t whipped. However, horses are seen to be whipped more when they reach higher levels of fatigue, causing them more pain than necessary.
Most of the participants that were identified as racing enthusiasts said they would continue to attend and gamble on horse racing if the whip was banned. So if race enthusiasts believe it’s time to eliminate the whip in racing, then you should consider it too!
You can do your part by using the hashtag #lovepartieshatewhips on social media to show your support against whips in racing or you can click here and send your petition to Racing Australia to end the use of whips in Australia, once and for all.