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Racing Queensland Statement

Racing Queensland CEO Brendan Parnell has condemned the footage seen on the ABC’s 7.30 Report last night.

“The vision we witnessed at the Caboolture abattoir last night was distressing,” Mr Parnell said.

“The inhumane treatment of horses – be it thoroughbreds, standardbreds or otherwise – is abhorrent and should not be happening under any circumstance.

“As an industry, we have a collective responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of our horses.

“We fully support Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe’s decision to fast-track the industry forum on re-homing and are committed to working alongside the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission and the broader industry to deliver change.

“This is a national issue. In Australia, there needs to be a system to track horse movement once they leave the industry.  A national horse traceability program is critical”.