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A Critical Analysis of the British Horseracing Authority's Review of the Use of the Whip in Horseracing

By Bidda Jones, Jed Goodfellow, James Yeates, Paul D. Mcgreevy

Category Journal Articles
Abstract

There is increasing controversy about the use of the whip as a performance aid in Thoroughbred horseracing and its impact on horse welfare. This paper offers a critical analysis of the British Horseracing Authority’s (BHA) 2011 Report Responsible Regulation:A Review of the Use of the Whip in Horseracing. It examines the BHA’s process of consultation and use of science and public opinion research through the application of current scientific literature and legal analysis. This analysis suggests that the BHA’s findings on the welfare impact and justification for whip use are insufficiently defended by the report. These findings indicate that the report is an inadequate basis from which to draw any definitive conclusions on the impact of whips on racehorse welfare. Further review is needed, undertaken by an independent scientific body, to advance this debate.

Submitter

Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2015
Publication Title Animals
Volume 5
Issue 1
Pages 138-150
Publisher MDPI
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ani5010138
URL http://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/5/1/138
Language English
Additional Language English
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Animals in culture
  3. Animal welfare
  4. Great Britain
  5. Horse racing
  6. Horses
  7. Mammals
  8. Pain
  9. racing
  10. Sport animals