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Equine Welfare

As part of its ongoing commitment to Equine Welfare, in October 2017 Racing NSW introduced NSW Local Rule 114 which sets out various horse welfare initiatives to ensure the proper care of thoroughbreds that have been domiciled in NSW for the majority of their lives.

The fundamental requirements of LR 114 include;

  • When a thoroughbred is retired, the managing owner must advise Racing NSW of the location and name of the person in charge of such horse and must not transfer the horse to a location that does not meet the Racing NSW Minimum Standards;
  • The managing Owner must make all reasonable endeavours to find a home for the horse in retirement;
  • A thoroughbred must not be directly or indirectly sent to an abattoir, knackery or similarly disposed of;
  • A thoroughbred must not be sold or gifted at a livestock auction not approved by Racing NSW;
  • A thoroughbred is not to be transferred to a new home until it receives all necessary veterinary treatment.

LR114 can be found at the link below.

LR114 - PDF

 

Minimum Standards and Guidelines of Equine Welfare

Racing NSW continues to review and monitor its Equine Welfare Program to ensure that thoroughbreds that have been domiciled in NSW for the majority of their lives are cared for having regard to appropriate horse welfare standards. As part of this review, Racing NSW has released Minimum Standards and Guidelines of Equine Welfare, which contains compulsory Minimum Standards and also ‘best practice’ Guidelines.

The Minimum Standards detail the minimum standards required for the care of thoroughbred horses in the NSW Thoroughbred Racing Industry and must be complied with by “persons in charge” of horses in the NSW Thoroughbred Racing Industry. These include minimum requirements in respect of the following:

  • provision of appropriate nutrition and water
  • freedom of movement and exercise
  • provision of appropriate accommodation
  • protection from disease
  • identification and treatment of injury and disease.
  • sales, auctions and re-homing
  • euthanasia and death

In addition to the Minimum Standards, the Guidelines set out a number of best practices principles that are encouraged in the industry in respect of horse welfare.

The Minimum Standards and Guidelines are to be read in conjunction with NSW Local Rule 114 which outlines Equine Welfare requirements for the NSW thoroughbred racing industry and can be found at the link below.

Minimum Standards and Guidelines of Equine Welfare - PDF

 

Excluded List – NSWLR114(5)(b)(ii)

The Excluded List has been introduced to prohibit thoroughbreds that have been domiciled in NSW for the majority of their lives from being transferred, gifted or sold to a person that has not complied with required equine welfare standards or with the Rules of Racing. If a person is placed on the Racing NSW Excluded List, that person will not be able to receive or have in their care a thoroughbred that has been domiciled in NSW for the majority of their lives. The rule is effective 1 May 2020.

LR114(5)

Further to AR64JA(1), where a decision has been made to retire a horse, or not to commence racing an Eligible Horse, and that horse has been domiciled in New South Wales for the majority of its life:

 (b)(i) that horse is not to be transferred to a location which does not meet minimum standards prescribed by Racing NSW to ensure the ongoing welfare of that horse and the owners are required to provide Racing NSW with all information and assistance (including access to the proposed location) in order to enable Racing NSW to assess that those minimums standards are met;                                                           [introduced 1/10/2017]

(b)(ii) that horse is not to be transferred, sold or gifted upon retirement or thereafter, to a person who is placed on the Racing NSW Excluded List for rehoming of thoroughbreds.                                         [introduced 1/5/2020]

LR5-Definitions

Excluded List – is a list maintained by Racing NSW that details the names of persons who are not permitted, due to horse welfare concerns, to be provided with and/or have in their care, custody or control thoroughbreds that have been domiciled in NSW for the majority of their lives.

LR114 - PDF

Persons on the Racing NSW Excluded List can be found at the link below.

Racing NSW Excluded List - PDF

 

Approved Livestock Auctions

LR114(5)(f) prohibits a thoroughbred that has been domiciled in NSW for the majority of it’s life to be sold/gifted at a livestock auction that is not approved by Racing NSW.

The current approved Livestock Auctions approved are;

  1. Inglis, including Inglis online and bloodstock.com.au
  2. Magic Millions, including Magic Millions online;
  3. Bloodstockauction.com.au

Stakeholders are advised it is an offence to sell a thoroughbred that has been domiciled in NSW for the majority of it’s life through any other livestock auction.

 

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