Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) condemns in the strongest terms the treatment of horses shown in tonight’s ABC 7.30 program.
“I am appalled by the vision broadcast tonight,” said Tom Reilly, chief executive of TBA.
“All horses, whether thoroughbreds or not, deserve to be treated humanely and with dignity,” added Mr Reilly.
“The full force of the law should be brought down on anybody in the footage shown mistreating those horses.
“The thoroughbred industry needs a full and frank discussion about what happens to horses when they leave the industry. And while there is good work being done to rehome horses, we have to look at how participants and regulators can and must do better.
“We also need to have confidence in the numbers the industry publishes about what happens to animals when they leave racing.”