RACEHORSE WELFARE PLAN
1427. Hon ALISON XAMON to the minister representing the
Minister for Racing and Gaming:
I refer to the racehorse welfare
(1) Will the
minister please advise whether the establishment of a Western Australian
racehorse passport will prevent any WA animals from being sent interstate or
(2) If not, can
the minister advise if the racehorse passport system will enable horses to be
tracked beyond WA borders and what protections may exist for those horses sent
outside the state?
ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:
I thank the member for the question.
The Minister for Racing and Gaming has provided the following information.
(1) No. However,
the expectation of the national traceability register will be to ensure that
racehorses can be tracked across state borders. Export overseas is not under
the control of states or territories. However, the minister has advocated to
the federal Minister for Agriculture that the export of greyhounds overseas be
reconsidered, and will do the same for racehorses should any issues of
mistreatment of the animals in particular countries be raised.
(2) No. However,
all racing ministers have called on the commonwealth government to implement
and oversee a national traceability register, which will be able to track the
movement of horses beyond the Western Australian
borders. This work is the highest priority in integrity and welfare of the Western
Australian racing industry and the minister will continue to pursue this
through the federal government until Australian standards for racehorses are