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How an RSPCA branch sent euthanised horses to a ZOO to be eaten by lions and tigers – as the racing industry is attacked for destroying thoroughbreds


Hundreds of retired thoroughbreds have been sent to abattoirs and knackeries

The RSPCA in New South Wales sends broken-down thoroughbreds to knackeries  where they can be processed into pet food and the Victorian branch uses abattoirs to euthanise them.

Branches of the animal welfare charity in South Australia, Queensland and the ACT say they do not send horses to slaughterhouses under any circumstances.

The South Australian branch does put livestock other than horses through saleyards and at one time used the services of Adelaide Zoo to euthanise animals.

The zoo, which killed the animals for free, fed the carcasses to its lions and tigers.

The ultimate fate of broken-down racehorses and other stock taken in by the RSPCA nationwide can depend on the state where the animal is seized.

RSPCA state branches operate independently and set their own policies for the destruction of animals including horses which cannot be expected to survive.

Last month Daily Mail Australia revealed RSPCA NSW sometimes sent stock including thoroughbreds for commercial slaughter if no other option was available.

‘On occasion the only mechanism for disposing of very diseased, unwell or aged stock animals is via abattoir or knackery facilities,’ a spokeswoman said.

‘RSPCA NSW has in the past sent stock to abattoir, and continues to do so in a variety of circumstances.’

The animal welfare charity’s Victorian branch does not send live animals to knackeries, which produce pet food, or abattoirs, which process meat for human consumption.

It does employ knackeries and abattoirs to euthanise horses and the facilities then retain the carcasses.

‘RSPCA Victoria believes that physically healthy and behaviourally sound companion animals that are suitable for adoption should not be euthanised,’ a spokeswoman said…(CONTINUED)

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  1. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!What is wrong with people???????????? Who Does This????? Something must be done to those who think this act is acceptable!!!! Please get this out in a big way, and whom ever has enough money to do billboards, please, let the people know what is going on in the minds of these people who are killing the horses by being attacked and killed by lions & tigers & other animals. Who is in charge of this???? Are there women involved. This is important because men don’t have a problem with killing, in most cases. Someone do something about this, it is SICKENING, EVIL!!!!


      • A few years ago I saw an advertisement online selling horse meat for zoo animals. The company was in the midwest and (at that time) I looked up the address on google earth and it was easy to see the animals (both on the satellite and the street views) and horses could be seen in the pens on the property. I cannot remember the name of the slaughter/zoo meat company and I don’t know if they are still in business. I hope NOT!


    • That’s not the same one that I found (which was in Nebraska or Kansas, I think) but it is similar and both are disgusting.


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