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RSPCA Chief Calls For Breeding Restrictions

Tuesday, 21st July 2020

The head of Victoria's RSPCA has called for a clear cut strategy by the thoroughbred industry to eliminate overbreeding. Acording to racenet.com.au, Dr Liz Walker, one of four independent members of the newly created Equine Welfare Advisory Council, said that there is a lot of groundwork required to implement a key breeding strategy that will require "a definition for and promotion of responsible, purposeful and ethical breeding". Walker commented, "All thoroughbreds should be purposefully bred with a true intent to race; this requires compliance and enforcement measures to ensure unrestricted breeding of thoroughbreds is not permitted." The rationale behind Walker's thinking is that if the industry only breeds the minimum number of thoroughbreds required, there will be far few horses that require rehoming following their racing careers. She added, "Clear and transparent reporting on horse numbers and their outcomes is of prime importance in order to trace horses in the racing industry and ensure best case welfare."Despite a growing relationship with the industry which allows the RSPCA to have meaningful input regarding horse welfare, the organisation stance on whips and tongue ties remains unchanged.

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