Make a $pring Racing Declaration



This year, the Animal Justice Party is encouraging members of the public to make a declaration that they will not participate in any Spring Racing gambling activities. This includes: 

  • Office Sweeps
  • Race Day Sweeps
  • Other Race Day Gambling Practices

The Animal Justice Party believes that the Horse Racing industry is financially unsustainable, supports animal cruelty and lacks integrity. Here's just some of the reasons why:

Horse Racing is Financially Unsustainable

  • The Victorian Government should not be investing funds into Racing Victoria, a privately owned company.

Horse Racing is Animal Cruelty

  • Wastage – unsuccessful race horses sent to the knackery.
  • 2 year old racing – horses are not physically mature to sustain racing pressures at 2 years old.
  • Whips – inflicts physical and psychological pain and are not proven to be effective.

Horse Racing has no Integrity

  • An Auditor General's report into the integrity of Racing Victoria in 2012 found it was simply "not good enough"
  • In 2015, Racing Victoria has been rocked with multiple scandals of performance enhancing drugs amongst its race winners, as well as throughout some of its highest profile trainers and stables in the industry.

Instead, the Animal Justice Party would like to see the Victorian Government invest in long term sustainable alternatives which maintain tourism, support the economy and most importantly prioritise the welfare of the animals involved.

For more information, please take a look at our Spring Racing Fact File.

Make your declaration below and have your voice heard!

Who's signing

kym von hooton
janette wilde
Kara Witcomb
Rowena Sheppard
Neal Firth
Anne Cooper
Gillian Leslie
Susan Kulka
Anne-Marie Monarovic
georgia kempster
Bente Hansen
Heather Draper
maggie hume
Temple Eyre
Melissa Bain
Yvonne Newman
Erin Levesque
Johanna Horvath
Marcus Good
Amy Broughton
Wess Von Hooton
Emma Wickham
Noella Lee
Sarah-Jane Loxton
Erin Milne
Ronna Rothenberger
Jo-Hanna Nettleton
Rae Harvey
1,000 declarations

Make your declaration not to bet on Spring Racing

I declare that I will not take part in any Spring Racing gambling activities. I will not participate in any Office or Race Sweeps, or any other form of Spring Racing betting.

By making this declaration I am sending a strong message to the racing industry that I will not support animal cruelty.

Showing 261 reactions

  • kym von hooton
    signed 2015-11-03 12:54:50 +1100
  • janette wilde
    signed 2015-11-03 12:50:27 +1100
    I never bet on the horses
  • Kara Witcomb
    signed 2015-11-03 12:28:47 +1100
  • Rowena Sheppard
    signed 2015-11-03 12:26:19 +1100
  • Neal Firth
    signed via 2015-11-03 11:54:57 +1100
  • Anne Cooper
    signed 2015-11-03 11:44:56 +1100
    I’ve always felt sorry for the ones who come last but I didn’t realise they’d be killed for it.

    What did I expect from something to do with money?
  • Gillian Leslie
    signed 2015-11-03 11:39:06 +1100
  • Susan Kulka
    signed 2015-11-03 11:38:54 +1100
  • Anne-Marie Monarovic
    signed 2015-11-03 11:34:56 +1100
  • georgia kempster
    signed 2015-11-03 11:28:13 +1100
  • Bente Hansen
    signed 2015-11-03 11:26:14 +1100
  • Heather Draper
    signed 2015-11-03 11:17:58 +1100
  • maggie hume
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-11-03 11:11:36 +1100
    Sign the petition: Make a $pring Racing Declaration
  • maggie hume
    signed 2015-11-03 11:11:11 +1100
  • Temple Eyre
    signed 2015-11-03 11:00:29 +1100
    Just more cruelty
  • Melissa Bain
    signed 2015-11-03 10:58:43 +1100
    This madness must stop. So much cruelty that cannot be condoned. We have evolved to be a better species. Make it right. End this awful sport. Please.
  • Yvonne Newman
    signed 2015-11-03 10:57:12 +1100
  • Erin Levesque
    signed 2015-11-03 10:56:35 +1100
    Because animal welfare and safety.
  • Johanna Horvath
    signed 2015-11-03 10:47:01 +1100
    Exploiting an animal for our entertainment is wrong.
  • Marcus Good
    signed 2015-11-03 10:45:59 +1100
  • Amy Broughton
    signed 2015-11-03 10:40:56 +1100
  • Wess Von Hooton
    signed 2015-11-03 10:38:08 +1100
  • Emma Wickham
    signed via 2015-11-03 10:31:37 +1100
  • Sarah-Jane Loxton
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-11-03 10:25:53 +1100
    Sign the petition: Make a $pring Racing Declaration
  • Noella Lee
    signed 2015-11-03 10:25:40 +1100
    I’m not going to support a sport that sees animals injured for fun!
  • Sarah-Jane Loxton
    signed 2015-11-03 10:25:31 +1100
  • Erin Milne
    signed 2015-11-03 10:23:28 +1100
  • Ronna Rothenberger
    signed via 2015-11-03 10:19:48 +1100
  • Jo-Hanna Nettleton
    signed 2015-11-03 10:15:51 +1100
  • Rae Harvey
    signed 2015-11-03 10:15:39 +1100
    In this age of information, there’s no excuse to be uninformed about the perils of horse racing. If you know and still support it, then there’s no words to express what sort of person I think that makes you.