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Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Death outrage: 'disgrace that stops a nation'


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The Melbourne Cup has been branded a "disgrace" after The Cliffsofmoher became the sixth horse to die in the national spectacle in as many years.

The Cliffsofmoher, an Irish horse ridden by top jockey Ryan Moore, pulled up early in the race with a fractured right shoulder and had to be euthanised on track. Official erected the dreaded green barrier around the horse after it was determined that it could not be saved.

The Cliffsofmoher became another sad statistic from The Race That Stops a Nation, joining Verema (2013), Admire Rakti and Araldo (2014), Red Cadeaux (2015) and Regal Monarch (2017).

While there was praise for the winner, Cross Counter, there was condemnation for the race's recent record of fatalities.

World Animal Protection branded the Melbourne Cup a "disgrace".

"The Melbourne Cup is the (disg)race that stops a nation. It’s heartbreaking to see another horse needlessly lose its life during the Melbourne Cup," senior campaign manager Ben Pearson said in a statement.

"World Animal Protection opposes the use of all animals in entertainment, including the use of horses in the racing industry. It’s time to end the cruelty."

The RSPCA also condemned the "dark reality" of the glamour race.

"RSPCA Australia has long voiced its concerns about the welfare of racehorses, including the use of inhumane devices such as whips and tongue ties, as well as the risk to injury and death during races," RSPCA Australia spokesperson Jane Speechley said.

"Today’s tragedy is a stark reminder of the risks these horses face every time they run, and highlights that behind the gloss and glamour of Cup celebrations there is a dark reality.

"The racing industry has much work to do across industry standards and enforceable regulations, to meet community expectations and care for the welfare of the animals involved."

Animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) demanded an investigation into The Cliffsofmoher's death, calling the horse "the most recent victim of the cruel annual spectacle".

"Considering Australians hate cruelty to animals, commemorating a day on which horses routinely die in the Melbourne Cup is fundamentally un-Australian," a PETA spokesman said.

Animals Australia said in a Facebook post that the incident was standard fare on racetracks.

"This wasn't a freak accident. What happened to The Cliffsofmoher in today's Melbourne Cup happens every few days in horse racing. Only this time, the world was watching."

The Cliffsofmoher was seen to be agitated before the race began.

"Cliffsofmoher, he’s melting like an ice-cream at the moment," Richard Freedman said in commentary for Channel 7. "He’s really sweating up badly."

Trainer Aidan O'Brien called the fatal breakdown sad, but said that it could have happened had the horse simply been galloping in a field.

"Unfortunately these things can happen to a horse galloping around the field at home," O’Brien said.

"It’s very sad. It could have been worse, Ryan could have taken a fall off him, someone could have been seriously injured."

Many casual racegoers were left stunned that such a big, powerful animal had again succumbed to a broken leg. Celebrity vet Dr Chris Brown wrote a Facebook post explaining why horses rarely survive such an injury.

"Sure, horses are bred for speed. Like a formula one car, they have massive engines (heart, lungs and muscles) built around a light frame," Dr Brown wrote.

"But if the horse has a fatal flaw, it’s those long leg bones. Despite carrying over 500kg in weight at any one time, they’re surprisingly light and thin.

"The sad result being that if forces come from a strange angle (from a knock or a stumble) or a stress fracture is already present, the bone doesn’t just gently break, it tragically explodes. Multiple, misshapen bone fragments are then left behind. Fragments that then can’t be pinned or plated back into place.

"The other issue is rest. Unlike a dog or cat, horses struggle to cope on three legs while one is mending. Nor can they lie down or be suspended on slings. That big body of theirs becomes susceptible to circulation problems and pressure sores if they’re doing anything but standing on all four legs with their weight evenly supported.

"RIP CliffsofMoher. At just five years of age, you were gone too soon..."

Racing Victoria said The Cliffsofmoher had received immediate treatment and nothing could be done.

"It is with sadness that we confirm that The Cliffsofmoher had to be humanely euthanised after sustaining a fractured right shoulder during the running of the Melbourne Cup at Flemington," RV's executive general manager (integrity services) Jamie Stier said in a statement.

"The horse received immediate veterinary care, however it was unable to be saved due to the nature of the injury sustained.

"This was an unfortunate incident that happens infrequently, with Victoria having one of the best safety records in world racing.

"Our sympathies are extended to Coolmore and the Williams family, the owners of The Cliffsofmoher, jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Aidan O’Brien and his staff who cared for the horse and are greatly saddened by their loss."

The Melbourne Cup has been branded a "disgrace" after The Cliffsofmoher became the sixth horse to die in the national spectacle in as many years.

The Cliffsofmoher, an Irish horse ridden by top jockey Ryan Moore, pulled up early in the race with a fractured right shoulder and had to be euthanised on track. Official erected the dreaded green barrier around the horse after it was determined that it could not be saved.

The Cliffsofmoher became another sad statistic from The Race That Stops a Nation, joining Verema (2013), Admire Rakti and Araldo (2014), Red Cadeaux (2015) and Regal Monarch (2017).

While there was praise for the winner, Cross Counter, there was condemnation for the race's recent record of fatalities.

World Animal Protection branded the Melbourne Cup a "disgrace".

"The Melbourne Cup is the (disg)race that stops a nation. It’s heartbreaking to see another horse needlessly lose its life during the Melbourne Cup," senior campaign manager Ben Pearson said in a statement.

"World Animal Protection opposes the use of all animals in entertainment, including the use of horses in the racing industry. It’s time to end the cruelty."

The RSPCA also condemned the "dark reality" of the glamour race.

"RSPCA Australia has long voiced its concerns about the welfare of racehorses, including the use of inhumane devices such as whips and tongue ties, as well as the risk to injury and death during races," RSPCA Australia spokesperson Jane Speechley said.

"Today’s tragedy is a stark reminder of the risks these horses face every time they run, and highlights that behind the gloss and glamour of Cup celebrations there is a dark reality.

"The racing industry has much work to do across industry standards and enforceable regulations, to meet community expectations and care for the welfare of the animals involved."

Animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) demanded an investigation into The Cliffsofmoher's death, calling the horse "the most recent victim of the cruel annual spectacle".

"Considering Australians hate cruelty to animals, commemorating a day on which horses routinely die in the Melbourne Cup is fundamentally un-Australian," a PETA spokesman said.

Animals Australia said in a Facebook post that the incident was standard fare on racetracks.

"This wasn't a freak accident. What happened to The Cliffsofmoher in today's Melbourne Cup happens every few days in horse racing. Only this time, the world was watching."

The Cliffsofmoher was seen to be agitated before the race began.

"Cliffsofmoher, he’s melting like an ice-cream at the moment," Richard Freedman said in commentary for Channel 7. "He’s really sweating up badly."

Trainer Aidan O'Brien called the fatal breakdown sad, but said that it could have happened had the horse simply been galloping in a field.

"Unfortunately these things can happen to a horse galloping around the field at home," O’Brien said.

"It’s very sad. It could have been worse, Ryan could have taken a fall off him, someone could have been seriously injured."

Many casual racegoers were left stunned that such a big, powerful animal had again succumbed to a broken leg. Celebrity vet Dr Chris Brown wrote a Facebook post explaining why horses rarely survive such an injury.

"Sure, horses are bred for speed. Like a formula one car, they have massive engines (heart, lungs and muscles) built around a light frame," Dr Brown wrote.

"But if the horse has a fatal flaw, it’s those long leg bones. Despite carrying over 500kg in weight at any one time, they’re surprisingly light and thin.

"The sad result being that if forces come from a strange angle (from a knock or a stumble) or a stress fracture is already present, the bone doesn’t just gently break, it tragically explodes. Multiple, misshapen bone fragments are then left behind. Fragments that then can’t be pinned or plated back into place.

"The other issue is rest. Unlike a dog or cat, horses struggle to cope on three legs while one is mending. Nor can they lie down or be suspended on slings. That big body of theirs becomes susceptible to circulation problems and pressure sores if they’re doing anything but standing on all four legs with their weight evenly supported.

"RIP CliffsofMoher. At just five years of age, you were gone too soon..."

Racing Victoria said The Cliffsofmoher had received immediate treatment and nothing could be done.

"It is with sadness that we confirm that The Cliffsofmoher had to be humanely euthanised after sustaining a fractured right shoulder during the running of the Melbourne Cup at Flemington," RV's executive general manager (integrity services) Jamie Stier said in a statement.

"The horse received immediate veterinary care, however it was unable to be saved due to the nature of the injury sustained.

"This was an unfortunate incident that happens infrequently, with Victoria having one of the best safety records in world racing.

"Our sympathies are extended to Coolmore and the Williams family, the owners of The Cliffsofmoher, jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Aidan O’Brien and his staff who cared for the horse and are greatly saddened by their loss."

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