Activists call for horse racing ban on welfare concerns

New Zealand’s horse racing industry, which is already facing major challenges in the form of a government overhaul, has now come under threat from activists who are calling for a ban on both wagering and racing itself. “It’s time for horse racing to be put out to pasture,” says Marianne Macdonald from SAFE for Animals New Zealand. The organisation believes racing is cruel and leads to deaths and injury. MacDonald wants gambling on horses outlawed, as she believes this will lead to the demise of the industry. New Zealanders spent $338 million betting on horses in the 2016/2017 fiscal year, behind spending on lotteries at $555 million and on pokies, which was the highest form of gambling spend at $870 million. In the past couple of years, animal welfare groups in New Zealand have successfully created change by exposing cruelty to animals, ranging from pigs to chickens. These actions have resulted in criminal...

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