RSPCA statement on use of whips for safety in racing

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

The RSPCA welcomes the suggestion from several industry spokespeople that whips might be used in for safety and emergency reasons only.

RSPCA Policy states, “The RSPCA is opposed to the use of whips in racing due to the unnecessary and unjustified pain and distress they inflict on horses. The RSPCA supports the introduction of hands-and-heels racing where whips are no longer used for performance but may be carried for safety purposes where proven necessary.”

The RSPCA would warmly welcome a decision by Racing Australia to stop the use of the whip for any purpose other than an urgent safety situation. 

The RSPCA is Australia’s leading animal welfare organisation and one of Australia’s most trusted charities. The RSPCA works to prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection.