The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) has again called upon the Australian government to implement a nationwide welfare standard and register to protect the welfare of all horses, not just the racehorses.
“It is paramount that the welfare of all horses, not just a chosen few, undergoes reform,” said Dr Sam Nugent, president of the AVA’s Equine Veterinarians Australia (EVA) Group.
“The EVA is concerned that in the wake of the [7.30 Report] footage, the plight of many horses that are not racehorses has been ignored. It is vital to ensure that the welfare of all horses is improved in the development of the national welfare standard.”
Dr Nugent added that if abattoirs and knackeries are considered necessary, there needs to be proper enforcement of animal welfare standards to ensure that they are not breaching animal cruelty laws.
“Breaches of any animal welfare cannot be tolerated,” he said.
The AVA has called for a ‘national horse register’ to be established for greater oversight of the country’s equine population, along with better enforcement of animal welfare standards at abattoirs and knackeries.
The AVA will lobby the Federal Government to implement both as soon as possible.
This article was sourced from a press release on the AVA website.