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Howlett Must Listen to Welfare Advocates and Ban the Whip

The Greens strongly support the RSPCA and PETA in their call for the Gutwein Government to ban horse whips on the race track.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  19 Oct 2021


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Racing - Use of Whips

I want to talk to you about harness racer, Gavin Kelly, who was fined by the stewards for refusing to use a whip.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


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Racing - Interstate Abattoirs

Are you able to provide any information on the chain of custody arrangements for horses in the racing industry in Tasmania?

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


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Harness Racing - Use of Whips

On Saturday night a harness racer won race 7 in the Tasmania Cup after whipping his horse heavily for the duration and using a cruel practice called hocking.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Mar 2021


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Harness Racing - Use of Whips

Local harness racer, Gavin Kelly, has been slapped with a $1000 fine for refusing to use a whip on his horses during races.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Mar 2021


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Howlett Fails to Explain Cruel Whip Policy

If the Gutwein Government actually cared about the welfare of animals, they would ban the use of whips in horse racing.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  16 Mar 2021


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TT-Line – Polo Pony Deaths

Putting aside the ongoing court case, the report of the autopsy report from the trainer, is that the horses suffocated.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Dec 2020


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Estimates Reply - Minister Howlett

Again this year we focused on the two major codes which are horseracing and greyhounds.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  2 Dec 2020


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Racing – Ex-Racing Horses

Ulverstone Pet Food abattoir is a big sponsor of greyhound racingx. Horses are seen going in and they never come out.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 Nov 2020


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Horseracing Industry - Ban on the Use of Whips

The tide is turning. Every year more people are understanding the systemic cruelty inflicted on animals as part of the horse and greyhound racing industries.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  12 Nov 2020


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Cruelty Can’t Continue, Howlett Must Ban Whip

In Parliament, Racing Minister Jane Howlett refused to agree a ban on whips in horse racing is necessary, and in line with growing public concern.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  12 Nov 2020


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Greens Say Nup to the Cup

A growing number of Australians are saying ‘Nup to the Cup’ this Melbourne Cup Day. The Greens are proud to stand with them.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Nov 2020


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COVID-19 Racing and Animal Welfare Support

The Greens are glad to hear the government have placed a deliberate focus on the welfare of greyhounds and horses not currently racing because of COVID-19.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Apr 2020


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Animal Welfare Must be Protected Through COVID-19

The decision to restrict the movements of Tasmanians is full of challenges but it’s required to save lives.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Apr 2020


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2019 Government Businesses Scrutiny Committee - Tasracing

Full transcript of the Tasracing Pty Ltd hearings in the 2019 Government Businesses Scrutiny Committee.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  3 Dec 2019


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Racing Industry Cruelty

The 7.30 Report pieces together the endemic cruelty on which that racing industry is fundamentally based.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 Oct 2019


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Racing Industry Cruelty

Next Tuesday in Melbourne, the race that stops the nation will be underway at 3 p.m.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 Oct 2019


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Thoroughbred Racing Horses - Transportation to Interstate Abattoirs

Cassy O'Connor questions the Minister for Racing on the grotesque cruelty inflicted on thoroughbred racing and trotting horses in Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 Oct 2019


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Race Horse Death at Brighton Training Grounds

Madam Speaker, I am off and racing because I want to speak briefly about the mystery of the horse death at the Brighton training grounds on Friday, 31 May.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  14 Jun 2019


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Greens Back RSPCA Call to Ban Whips in Horse Racing

The Greens commend the RSPCA for their position to ban whips in horse racing industry, as a matter of priority.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  7 Nov 2017


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TasRacing Soft on Animal Welfare Concerns

In GBE Estimates today, Tas Racing CEO, Doctor Eliot Forbes, seemed to struggle to accept the reality of animal welfare issues facing the racing industry.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  2 Dec 2015