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New research shows racehorses are still being whipped too hard and too often

Wednesday, 18th January 2017

New research has today revealed the extent to which whip rules in Thoroughbred racing are being repeatedly breached in both metropolitan and country races throughout NSW and the ACT.

RSPCA statement on use of whips for safety in racing

Monday, 12th December 2016

The RSPCA recognises the importance of safe riding for both jockeys and horses in Thoroughbred racing.

RSPCA welcomes whip ban in harness racing

Saturday, 10th December 2016

The RSPCA has today welcomed the landmark decision by Harness Racing Australia to ban the use of the whip in racing from 1 September 2017.

2ST interview with Heather Neil about whips in horse racing

Wednesday, 4th November 2015

Interview from 2ST Radio with RSPCA Australia Chief Executive Officer, Heather Neil, 4 November 2015. © 2ST Radio.

ABC Radio interview with Heather Neil about whips in horse racing

Tuesday, 3rd November 2015
Interview from ABC The World Today with RSPCA Australia Chief Executive Officer, Heather Neil, 3 November 2015. © ABC.

Majority of Aussies want whips scratched

Monday, 2nd November 2015

With 66% of Australians believing the use of whips should be banned in horse racing*, RSPCA Australia is calling on racing authorities to acknowledge and meet the expectations of the majority of Au