The Coalition For The Protection Of Racehorses (CPR) was established to advocate for horses used in racing. Their strategic plan includes investigations, research, public awareness campaigns and political lobbying.
The racing industry has operated for over 150 years without any consideration given to the animals it uses. As a result, The Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses was formed in 2008 to address the serious animal welfare concerns that are rife throughout the thoroughbred horse racing industry. By using public opinion and concern, CPR is able to address these serious animal welfare concerns and bring about positive changes for the animals.
Their key campaigns include exposing and ending the systematic killing of unwanted racehorses – commonly known as ‘wastage‘, banning jumps racing in Victoria – the last Australian state where the cruel activity persists, Deathwatch – tracking and exposing racing related injuries resulting in death and banning the whip.
The organisation also has a strong focus on educating on the inherent cruelty of other racing related issues such as isolation and confinement, EIPH and the use of other pain and fear inflicting implements such as bits, tongue ties, and jiggers.
Whilst CPR encourages and supports welfare reform within the industry, they ultimately recognise racing can never be made kind for the horses and for that reason have a long term goal that the industry be entirely abolished.
CPR are based in Melbourne and have member groups in four other states across Australia. They also have CPR teams active in five regions of New Zealand and proudly collaborate with Animal Aid (UK), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (AU), Animal Welfare Association (Switzerland), Italian Horse Protection (Italy) and Horseracing Wrongs (USA).