‘Stop betting on animals’ lives’

2019-07-10 06:00
Members of Bat and other animal activists gathered at the Greyville Racecourse during the Durban July on Saturday. PHOTO: supplied

Members of Bat and other animal activists gathered at the Greyville Racecourse during the Durban July on Saturday. PHOTO: supplied

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WHILE others were enjoying themselves at the Durban July spectacle, Ban Animal Trading (Bat) members and animal rights activists protested peacefully outside the Greyville Racecourse on Saturday, July 6 to raise awareness about what they say to be the unethical treatment and cruelty behind the horse racing and betting industry in South Africa.

“It is 2019 and it is still shocking to see how unevolved humanity is when it comes to the treatment of animals.

“We are in 2019, where a lot of things and practices have ended for the better, so why are we still exploiting animals?” asked Bat member Saihashna Rajkumar.

Rajkumar said that a lot of people argue that the race horses are treated well however she used past Durban July winner Big City Life, who, two years after winning the event, broke his leg just past the winning post and had to be put down by a course vet, as an example of abuse.

“The use of whips is arguably the most visible form of violence towards animals and we saw with Big City Life what these races do to horses as his leg was broken due to the intensity of racing he was put through,” said Rajkumar.

Bat appealed to the public to stop supporting cruelty and to refrain from betting on lives.

“Put yourself in the shoes of those horses who are forced to race and who are whipped. They are not asked if they want to race, they are forced to — imagine if that happened to you, how would you feel?” asked Rajkumar.

The Bat group said that, as animal activists, they believe that the government will only listen once people speak up in abundance and act.

“Education is key and we will first be the change, slowly spreading the truth and educating people so that they will change and make a better world for all of us.

“We will keep on spreading awareness about animal extinction and cruelty until the South African government bans animal trading, use, abuse and exploitation,” she vowed.

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