Ms Dawkins to move—That the House:—
(1) Notes with disappointment that the Tasmanian Pacing Club did not vote on a motion to prohibit whips at harness racing in the State put to the Annual General Meeting.
(2) Understands that leadership requires someone to move first and that the Tasmanian Pacing Club had the opportunity to lead the country in animal welfare practises.
(3) Congratulates Mick Heatley for bringing the motion forward and having the foresight to understand that while animal welfare issues plague all racing codes interest will continue to wane.
(4) Further notes that even with the new whipping rules, prohibiting crossing reins to allow a free hand for the purpose of whipping, that the wider community still sees any whipping as a sign of the brutality of the industry.
(5) Agrees with the RSPCA that whips are cruel and unnecessary and that without whips in any racing codes, there will still be a winner and that winner will not have been flogged to be the first to pass the line.
(6) Calls on the Minister for Racing, Hon Jeremy Rockliff MP to approach the Tasmanian Pacing Club with a strategy to revisit the whip ban and to consider animal welfare as a matter of priority.