To the Legislative Council of Victoria:
The petition of the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses draws to the attention of the house the decision on 21 January 2010 of Racing Victoria Limited (RVL) to grant a reprieve to jumps racing in Victoria if it meets conditions set by RVL.
Horses in Victoria suffer horrific injuries and die while participating in this so-called 'sport'. Jumps racing (which is illegal under NSW animal cruelty legislation) has a long history of deaths and injuries of horses from falls. The 2009 season was particularly bad resulting in the deaths of 10 horses despite numerous reviews and modifications. Many more horses sustain injuries and fail to reappear.
The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council of Victoria call on the Minister for Racing to intervene and end steeplechase and hurdle racing (jumps racing) in Victoria.
For Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) by Mr BARBER (532 signatures).
Laid on table.
"All horses birthday is a timely reminder to remember the four victims that the 2014 Victorian Jumps Racing season has already claimed due to this cruel and deadly sport," Victorian Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson, Sue Pennicuik MLC said today.
"Jumps racing has long been banned across Australia, but inexplicably, is still allowed in Victoria and South Australia. If jumps racing was banned in Victoria, it would probably not be viable for it to continue in South Australia.
"Racing Victoria's so-called safety measures are not working. The only way to guarantee safety is to end Jumps Racing which is 10 - 20 times more dangerous to horses than flat racing.
Elms, a seven-year-old gelding had to be put down on the track after severely fracturing his right fore cannon bone after the first obstacle in a restricted hurdle at Casterton yesterday.
Victorian Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson Sue Pennicuik MLC said she is dismayed and angry that yet another horse, the second in five days, has been killed in a Victorian jumps race.
“This brings the total deaths to three in Victoria which proves Racing Victoria's so-called safety measures are not working. The only way to guarantee safety is to end Jumps Racing which is 10 - 20 times more dangerous to horses than flat racing,” Ms Pennicuik said.
Show Dancer, a seven-year-old gelding, was put down after suffering a horrific and brutal fall during the 3,400m steeplechase at Sandown Racecourse yesterday. Two other horses also fell.
Victorian Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson Sue Pennicuik MLC said she is deeply saddened and dismayed that yet another horse has been killed in a jumps race and is calling again on the government to ban this cruel and barbaric so called ‘sport’.
Victorian Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson, Sue Pennicuik, has called on the government to stick to its promise to crack down on puppy farms and amend the newly revised code of practice for breeding and rearing establishments to limit the number of litters that a female dog can have in a registered breeding establishment to five.
“This provision was included in the final draft code of practice in December last year, but was removed by the government at the last minute," Ms Pennicuik said. “Thousands of people who participated in good faith and made submissions on the revision of the code are now left feeling furious and betrayed by the process, the minister and the government.
Debate on the Sustainable Timber and Wildlife Amendment bill commenced in the state upper house this week.
"This bill is the first of two draconian pieces of legislation before the state parliament that are designed to shut down community scrutiny of government activity," Greens MP, Sue Pennicuik said. "The other is the Summary Offences and Sentencing Amendment bill, which is still in the lower house.
"This bill is one of the most Orwellian named pieces of legislation I have seen in this parliament," Ms Pennicuik said. "Far from ensuring that logging is sustainable or that wildlife is protected, the bill shuts out the public and provides a free for all for loggers and duck shooters, with draconian penalties for people who enter forests or wetlands to protest or simply to observe what is happening on public land," she said.
MS PENNICUIK — To ask the Minister for Higher Education and Skills (for the Minister for Agriculture and Food Security): With regard to the Minister’s response to question on notice 9339:
Revelations in today’s Age regarding the massacre of hundreds of ducks and protected species, left to die in the water in what was clearly an organised shooting spree, is emblematic of why duck shooting should be banned once and for all, Greens MP, Sue Pennicuik said today.
“What is worse is that this terrible incident, which must be shocking to the majority of Victorians who don’t support duck shooting, could have been prevented if warnings had been heeded,” Ms Pennicuik said.
Once again the jumps racing 'season' is upon us and once more horses and jockeys are being put at risk of death or injury in Victoria's jumps racing 'carnivals', Greens MP Sue Pennicuik said today.
"This cruel and unnecessary activity is a blight on Victoria," Ms Pennicuik said. "The RSPCA opposes jumps racing as do the majority of Victorians.
Who: Victorian Greens animal welfare spokesperson, Sue Pennicuik MP
When: Wed 6 March 2013 (Approx 4.00 pm)
Where: Legislative Council, Parliament House
Tune in to the live broadcast at approx 4pm today and select Council
What: Greens animal welfare spokesperson, Sue Pennicuik will move to disallow new Wildlife Regulations 2012 and take note of a petition bearing 706 signatures tabled in parliament last year to permanently ban the recreational shooting of Australian native waterbirds in Victoria.
The new Wildlife Regulations will increase exclusion zones in state game reserves for duck rescuers and other non-licensed shooters from 5 to 25 metres from the shoreline and from sunset to 10 am the following day for the entire duck shooting season.