Elizabeth Shanahan.
Elizabeth Shanahan. Allan Reinikka

Elizabeth says skip the Melbourne Cup race

ELIZABETH Shanahan has spent her entire life around horses.

The Rockhampton woman is appalled at what the racing industry has become and wants people to stop and think before they indulge in the race that stops the nation again next year.

Her comments come days after social media lit up with arguments for and against the racing industry's treatment of horses.

"It is all about big money, it's syndicated and full of overseas investments, it is not the simple horse racing fraternity it used to be," Elizabeth said.

"It is a multi-million dollar industry and I think the care factor is gone."

Elizabeth grew up on a property where her father bred race horses.

She said it had become a different world since then and admitted that if it weren't for her involvement with animal welfare, she would still be oblivious to the suffering that comes with the industry.

"It is about the cruelty of the training, the retirement of race horses, it's about the ones that don't win. It is very much like the greyhound industry in that only the best survive," she said.

"127 horses have died so far in 12 months so that in itself says a lot.

"I would tell people to boycott, but I am only one person."

Elizabeth said while a lot of people might not care, she wanted them to know what they were really putting their money on.

"People really need to know what they are giving the okay to, they are supporting a cruel industry really," she said.

Foal Facts

15,000 thoroughbred foals are bred each year in Australia, and a similar number of standard bred foals are born nationally

It is estimated that only 300 out of every 1000 foals produced will ever start in a race

Around 10,000 race horses end up at "the doggers" each year


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