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What is the RSPCA position on racehorse whips?

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Last updated: 03 Nov, 2014
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The RSPCA is opposed to the use of traditional contact whips due to their potential for inflicting pain and injury. The RSPCA believes a top performance horse needs great genetics, great preparation and great horsemanship. Whipping does not come into it.

Horses are being pointlessly beaten in the name of sport – evidence has shown that whipping does not increase a horse’s chance of placing. The RSPCA wants reform of the whip rules and an end to the use of the whip as a performance aid altogether.

The RSPCA supports whip-free racing.

The RSPCA wants reform of the whip rules and an end of the use of the whip as a performance aid altogether. The study also confirms that there is unacceptable use of the whip in Thoroughbred racing and that stewards are not properly resourced to police Australian whip rules. - See more at: http://www.rspca.org.au/campaigns/whips-racing/whip-use-jockeys#sthash.HOdTY5Se.dpuf
The RSPCA wants reform of the whip rules and an end of the use of the whip as a performance aid altogether. The study also confirms that there is unacceptable use of the whip in Thoroughbred racing and that stewards are not properly resourced to police Australian whip rules. - See more at: http://www.rspca.org.au/campaigns/whips-racing/whip-use-jockeys#sthash.HOdTY5Se.dpuf

There is no longer a place for whips in racing. Horses are being pointlessly beaten in the name of sport – evidence has shown that whipping does not increase a horse’s chance of placing. - See more at: http://www.rspca.org.au/campaigns/whips-racing#sthash.Q4IgXHN2.dpuf
There is no longer a place for whips in racing. Horses are being pointlessly beaten in the name of sport – evidence has shown that whipping does not increase a horse’s chance of placing. - See more at: http://www.rspca.org.au/campaigns/whips-racing#sthash.Q4IgXHN2.dpuf
There is no longer a place for whips in racing. Horses are being pointlessly beaten in the name of sport – evidence has shown that whipping does not increase a horse’s chance of placing. - See more at: http://www.rspca.org.au/campaigns/whips-racing#sthash.Q4IgXHN2.dpuf

For more information please see these links:

http://www.rspca.org.au/campaigns/whips-racing

http://www.rspca.org.au/campaigns/whips-racing/whip-use-jockeys


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Also read
document Do padded whips cause pain to horses?
document What is the RSPCA position on racing two-year-old horses?
document RSPCA Policy C05 Horse Racing

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