SPCA: Animals suffer when used for sport

2011-07-05 15:09
Johannesburg - Animals suffer when they are used for sport and entertainment, the National Council of the SPCA said on Tuesday.

"The council opposes animal racing in any form," said Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals spokesperson Celeste Houseman.

"The council opposes any practices that cause unnecessary suffering to equines...during training or during the actual event."

A horse was put down after breaking its front leg at the Durban July race in Greyville on Saturday.

"This is a classic example of why the SPCA movement takes the stance of opposing racing with animals," said Houseman.

"The tragedy is that a horse was injured to the extent that it had to be killed."

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