The Animal Rights Group Sends Complaint to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department and The Hong Kong Jockey Club After Voyage King Shattered His Leg While Racing and Died

For Immediate Release:
28 November 2019

Hong Kong – In light of a video recently obtained by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) showing a horse named Voyage King breaking his leg during a race, the group has requested an official investigation from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department and The Hong Kong Jockey Club into why Voyage King was allowed to race despite his injuries. He had been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in both front legs just six months before his death, but he was forced to keep racing.

According to records kept by The Hong Kong Jockey Club, he also had substantial blood in his trachea after a race in September 2019. This is another fairly common symptom when horses are pushed well past their natural limits.

“People who care about horses should turn their backs on the horse-racing industry,” says PETA Senior Vice President of International Campaigns Jason Baker. “Anyone who supports this industry supports abuse and carnage for human entertainment.”

Voyage King’s demise is yet another example of suffering and death at the hands of the global horse-racing industry. In the last racing year, 122 horses died on Australian racetracks, most commonly because of “catastrophic front limb injury”. In South Korea, horses who can no longer race are slaughtered for meat.

PETA’s complaint to The Hong Kong Jockey Club is available here.

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