Welfare Group Receives Over 160 Submissions

Dear Breeder,
 
I am writing to update you, as a member of Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA), on the work of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Welfare Working Group (TAWWG).
 
As you may be aware, the TAWWG panel called in June for submissions in response to its Issues Paper, which canvassed a range of welfare issues for retired racehorses and thoroughbreds that do not enter a racing career.
 
We received more than 160 submissions from individuals, trainers, owners, breeders, syndicators, veterinarians, researchers, students, welfare groups, associations, media, principal racing authorities and off-the-track re-trainers.
 
The panel has read every submission in detail and we are greatly impressed with their quality. It is clear thoroughbred welfare is a topic on which many people both within and beyond the racing industry hold passionate views.
 
The submissions include many important insights and ideas for change, which the panel has considered in detail. We are now engaged in meetings with some of those who wrote to us, and with other with other key local and international stakeholders and experts, to explore some issues in more detail as we begin to shape our report and recommendations.
 
This consultation has been an opportunity for the whole community to participate in the Thoroughbred Welfare Initiative, and I can assure you that many diverse voices have been heard.
 
Thank you sincerely for your continued support through TBA of the Thoroughbred Welfare Initiative. The TAWWG panel looks forward to keeping you informed as our work progresses.
 
Kind regards,
 
Dr Denis Napthine
TAWWG Chair