25 August 2007.
All movement of horses withing a 10km exclusion zone of the Centennital Park Stables has been stopped today, due to an outbreak of Equine Influenza. This has also stopped all the race meeetings in NSW, Qld, Vic, SA and WA. This is good news for the horses who won’t have to be subjected to cruel and inhuman treatement, just so gamblers can get their fix.
Unfortunately, this probably means that horses throughout this country are going to get pumped full of a coctail of drugs in an effort to prevert this from spreading or infecting any further horses.
From what I have been able to gather, this is Australia’s first case of Equine Influenza. The initial carrier had travelled in from the Northern Hemisphere, to the Eastern Creek Quaritine station, where the virus was first detected.
Those of us that know how cruel and barbaric horse racing is, can only hope that this cancellation of race events lasts well past The Melbourne Cup and the conclusion of the Spring Racing Carnival in the different states of Australia.
So yet again, we are being reminded that due to the greed and arrogance of the human race, and our desire to make a profit out of everything, another species is going to suffer.
I think that we should add this to the tally board as another reason not to exploit ANY sentient being.