Vets welcome racehorse death inquiry

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The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) has welcomed the Queensland Government’s recent announcement of an independent inquiry into the treatment of retired racehorses and allegations of serious animal abuse at abattoirs.

“We commend the Premier of Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk, for her quick action following these highly disturbing reports,” said Dr Sam Nugent, president of the AVA’s Equine Veterinarians Australia (EVA) Group. 

“We’re very pleased that the Premier has chosen Dr Peter Reid to participate in the inquiry as a representative of the AVA and the wider veterinary profession.”

The retired District Court Judge Terry Martin SC will lead the inquiry, with the support of Dr Reid and oversight from the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission. 

“Dr Reid has over 40 years of experience tending to Australian racehorses through his private equine practice in Brisbane, and there is no better representative for the health and welfare of racehorses than Peter,” Dr Nugent said.

“While the inquiry is a positive step forward for the welfare of racehorses in Queensland, the AVA will continue to lobby for a nationwide register to maintain welfare standards across state lines, and we call on other state Governments to work with us to improve welfare standards for all horses, not just those who have had racing careers.”

This article was sourced from a media release on the AVA website.

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