‘Horrific abuse’ as horse whipped alongside motorway in highway race

  • Witness have been urged to report the “horrific abuse” of horses in an after-dark sulky race on a motorway.

    Animal Regulation Eire shared video footage of the incident, on the M3 close to the Meath-Fingal border on 15 January.

    The movie, apparently taken from a automotive travelling shut behind one of many carts, exhibits aggressive whipping because the sulkies journey at pace, with one other automotive shut behind to the digicam’s left.

    Animal Regulation Eire urged anybody who noticed the race to contact the Gardai, including: “The M3 between Clonee and Damestown has grow to be a non-public racetrack for harness racing (sulky racing).”

    Irish minister for justice Simon Harris described the race as “an appalling incident”.

    “Horrific abuse of animals and a significant hazard to motorists,” he stated. “If anybody has any data on this, please report it to Gardai to make sure this may be totally pursued.”

    The Gardai informed H&H it “doesn’t touch upon third-party materials”. H&H requested whether or not there had been any experiences referring to the race or if an investigation is ongoing.

    Animal Regulation Eire states: “Driving a horse on tarmac at pace (particularly a younger horse, the place the skeleton has not totally fashioned), is just not conducive to equine welfare, nonetheless proving an animal is struggling unnecessarily may be troublesome and not using a veterinary report. It’s an offence to be reckless concerning the well being or welfare of an animal.”

    It provides that it may be troublesome for Gardai to show {that a} race has taken place, however that anybody who intends to carry a highway race ought to contact the authorities a month upfront. No animals are allowed on motorways in Eire.

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