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Opponents Declare Jumps Racing "Govt-Funded Cruelty"
Anti-jumps racing advocates declared yesterday's Warrnambool Grand Annual "the final straw for the troubled sport, which it dubbed Government-funded cruelty" reported The Herald-Sun. Coalition For The Protection Of Racehorses spokesman Ward Young described the incidents as "carnage on the race track" & emphasised: "We asked them to call off the races after the 1st horse died on Tuesday, but they let it continue & the public paid the price." Young said it was "inevitable jumps racing would injure both horses & people" & said the horse which jumped into the crowd "was driven by fear in trying to avoid the obstacle". Young added: "We believe jumps racing is not only legal cruelty, but it is government-funded cruelty. Racing Victoria are not worried about killing horses, but when the elderly & children are taken to hospital it is a new low."