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Horse racing not animal cruelty: SC

The Supreme Court has ruled that horse racing per se is not animal cruelty. It held that it is different from Jallikattu, which metes out specific methods of torture to bulls.

This observation was made by a Bench of Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud on a petition challenging a Rajasthan High Court’s order banning tonga races in the State.

What is the issue?

  • The Rajasthan High Court had banned tonga races in the state by relying on a Supreme Court judgment of 2014 banning jallikattu.
  • Against the tonga races ban, a petition was filed in the apex country saying that the 2014 judgment banning jallikattu was confined only to bulls and not horses.
  • The petition also mentioned SC’s 2014 observations that the horses biologically equipped for racing and their anatomy enables it to make use of speed which can be usefully used for racing, etc, unlike bulls.
  • It also said that tonga races are held all over the world, including North America, Australia, Europe and New Zealand under the name of harness racing

 SC Ruling

Horse racing per se is not cruelty, but tonga races on metal roads leads to animal cruelty. Bulls as “bovine animals” unfit for running, while horses as solid-hoofed quadruped, domesticated for riding.  2014 judgment (banning jallikattu) and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 were against cruelty shown to all animals, whether bull or horse. The Jallikattu verdict dwelt on specific instances of cruelty shown to bulls like biting and twisting a bull’s tail, poking the bull with sticks and knives, using irritant solutions in the eyes, use of alcoholic liquids and throwing stones.

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Michelle Payne becomes first female jockey to win Melbourne Cup

Michelle Payne has become the first female jockey to win Australia’s most prestigious horse race Melbourne Cup 2015 worth 6.2 million dollars.

Payne achieved this feat after she rode New Zealand-bred Prince of Penzance to a famous victory in the race.

She is also the 4th female jockey to ride in the Cup during its 155-year history which is dubbed as Australia’s richest and most prestigious horse race.

About Michelle Payne

  • Payne was born on 29 September 1985.
  • She had won in her first race at Ballarat aboard horse named Reigning.
  • Her first Group One race win was the Toorak Handicap at Caulfield Racecourse aboard Allez Wonde in October 2009. She was the third female jockey to ride in this cup.
  • In 2010, she won the Thousand Guineas, aboard Yosei at Caulfield Racecourse.

About Melbourne Cup

The Cup is one of Australia’s most prestigious Thoroughbred horse races. The race distancing about 3200 metres is conducted annually on the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria by the Victoria Racing Club.

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