The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) monitored the Dundee July Traditional Rural Horse Race this past weekend. This is an international rural race that takes place annually in Dundee, KwaZulu Natal.
The NSPCA Inspectors monitored the loading and offloading of the horses, housing, and the actual races over a three day period. Several welfare concerns were observed and warnings were issued for contraventions of the Animals Protection Act. The transportation of some of the horses was not acceptable and remain a concern for the NSPCA. Inappropriate tack used on the horses was put to a stop.
Due to medical reasons, a total of 9 horses were not permitted to take part in the event.
The NSPCA opposes animal racing in any form and does not believe that sport justifies the suffering of any animal.
In 2015 the NSPCA obtained a court order to stop this very same race due to inclement weather conditions. The NSPCA will continue to monitor this race and any other similar races to ensure that animal welfare standards are priority.
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