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Racing Victoria’s Horse Welfare Plan Faces Criticism


A plan outlining Racing Victoria’s horse welfare strategy for the next five years has been described as “a bureaucracy, not a breeder’s thought process” and a policy that could limit trade. trade after the regulator publicly released the brush document last week.

Among the equine welfare focus areas and proposed key outcomes is a plan for RV to implement an “enhanced approval process for stallion registration”, potentially giving the organization the right to veto on horses being able to attend school in Victoria while other hardship conditions may be restricted. placed on state breeders.

The 18-page equine welfare strategic plan for 2023-2027 threatens to send shock waves across the national Thoroughbred industry and Victoria.

In part, the plan also proposes:

  • It is compulsory for all registered breeders in Victoria to take a course in the Five Areas as well as a course on horse handling and positive and negative reinforcement, which must also be completed by Coach and staff stable in Victoria.
  • Develop an accountability framework for livestock operations in Victoria, which will include an enhanced livestock licensing and licensing system as well as minimum standards for livestock production.
  • Conduct “pre-race” testing to identify gaps in pre-race horse traceability.

Upon learning of the RV’s plan under which all Victorian breeders would take horse handling and Five Domains courses, respected Victorian breeder Robert Crabtree of Dorrington Farms said the plan. is not feasible.

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Crabtree told ANZ Bloodstock News on December 12: “It’s not realistic because what about horse owners who don’t even know what a horse looks like? There’s a lot of people who could have raced in. its time and then a cross between a horse, but they wouldn’t even know where the horse’s head was.

“On that basis, it’s completely absurd because, as I said, if a person knows nothing about horses, doesn’t live with horses, doesn’t do anything with them, he can still be an owner. and horse breeders.

“Not only are they not taking the course, but it’s also impractical because they may not even live in the state. That’s the thinking process of a bureaucracy, not a horseman’s.”

As for the proposal for an enhanced approval process to be introduced before stallions are registered, allowing their progeny to be registered in the race, Larneuk Stud’s Neville Murdoch believes such a ruling will not Acceptable.

“Good luck to them with that,” he said. “If you come back I am invincible he was worth AU$2.50 at the time (when he retired from racecourse) and now he is one of the best stallions in Australia.

“For example, in Germany they have an approval process before putting them in the breed (where only descendants of approved stallions are eligible for the premiums of German breeders), but if if they start doing it here, it will be a commercial restriction. , no doubt.

“There’s going to be a lot of discussion that needs to take place before it gets to that.”

Crabtree also echoes Murdoch’s sentiment when it comes to RVs that have the ability to have a say in which stallions can stand their ground in Victoria.

“That (the proposal) would certainly violate commercial practices (laws), just as you can’t restrict a stallion to a certain number (mares) even through a regulation.” conventions agreed because of commercial practices,” said the respected breeder.

“It’s two of their (planned) structural laws, or whatever they’re about to become, that doesn’t quite fit.”

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<p>A series of questions were posed to RV by ANZ Bloodstock News on December 12 seeking clarification on parts of the newly announced plan, but the regulator’s general manager for equine welfare, Melissa Ware, did not directly respond to questions raised about strategic policies.</p>
<p>In a statement, Ware said: “Over the next five years, we will work closely with all parts of the Thoroughbred industry to further improve horse welfare in Victoria.</p>
<p>“The seven focus areas outlined in the Horse Welfare Strategic Plan 2023-27 were developed based on feedback and consultation during the 2019 strategy phase, including the livestock sector.</p>
<p>“We look forward to working with the livestock industry to jointly develop the details outlined in our recently published strategic plan. Help advance our whole life approach to farming. horse welfare.</p>
<p>“As appropriate, we will support efforts at the national level to improve the welfare outcomes for Thoroughbreds. This includes the development of a national equine traceability register. </p>
<p>“While this is still being worked on, we will continue to grow the Off The Track community which has supported nearly 5,000 members and over 3,000 requested horses.”</p>
<p>It is not yet clear whether the RV has the authority to administer planned training courses for breeders or determine which stallions can be brought into service.  Those questions were also not answered by RV on Monday.</p>
<p>RV has spent AU$27 million ($18,344,853) on equine welfare over the past three years since the accelerated and expanded equine welfare strategic plan was set up in 2019. This amount is move to post-race, safety and visibility programs (30%), veterinary and equine welfare (30%), risk reduction racing (25%), and education and industry reputation (15%).</p>
<p>Three percent of the prize money is taken from the RV fund for each race and goes to the jockey and equestrian welfare funds.</p>
<p>When RV released its strategy document on December 9, chief executive Andrew Jones said: “Equestrian welfare is a priority for the Victorian Thoroughbred racing industry.”</p>
<p>He added: “Our participants work with horses because they love them and we care for horses for a living.</p>
<p>“RV’s 2023-27 Horse Welfare Strategic Plan builds on an accelerated and expanded 2019 A$27 million plan.</p>
<p>“Our seven focus areas will ensure the best possible welfare for all purebred Victorians.</p>
<p>“This includes three continuation themes — life after race, injury prevention, and traceability — combined with four new priorities: physical wellbeing, behavioral wellbeing, easy Purebred breeds injury and livestock welfare.</p>
<p>“We will also continue to lobby for national equine welfare standards, data sharing and traceability. We believe this will happen in the near term.</p>
<p>“In the meantime, the 2023-27 Horse Welfare Strategic Plan will help the Victorian Thoroughbred racing industry continue to provide world-class care for our horses.”</p>
<p><strong>Focus area of ​​RV . equine welfare strategy</strong><br />material welfare<br />Behavioral welfare and human interaction<br />Purebred Vulnerable<br />livestock welfare<br />seek an origin<br />Injury Prevention<br />Life after the race</p>
<p><strong>What are the five areas of animal welfare? </strong><br />nutrition <br />Environment <br />Health<br />Behavior <br />Mind status</p>
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