House of Commons
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HITTING HORSES IN RACING
EDM #577
Tabled 22 October 2015
2015-16 Session
That this House notes with concern that racehorses are routinely beaten with a whip under rules set by the industry's regulatory body, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA); further notes that these rules explicitly sanction the use of the whip for so-called encouragement, in order that jockeys may try to improve their chances of winning; observes that new research demonstrates that the majority of whip strikes and breaches occur in the final stages of hotly contested races, even though evidence indicates that whipping for this purpose is counter-productive and does not make a horse go faster; further observes that horseracing is the only form of public entertainment to involve hitting animals, and believes that this is out of place in a nation with a great concern for animal wellbeing; notes that no other animal can be legally beaten in such circumstances, and that a 2014 YouGov poll found that 70 per cent of all respondents oppose racehorses being whipped; recognises that, for genuine purposes of safety, where other methods have failed to bring a horse under control, a whip can be legitimately employed, as recommended by the RSPCA and as is already the case in Norway; and calls on the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to ensure that the BHA's rules are amended to forbid use of the whip for encouragement or for equivalent reasons.

Signatures (51)

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.
In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.
Betts, Mr Clive
Labour
16 December 2015
Blackman-Woods, Dr Roberta
Labour
13 April 2016
Boswell, Philip
Scottish National Party
11 April 2016
Brake, Tom
Liberal Democrat
08 December 2015
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
27 January 2016
Cadbury, Ruth
Labour
21 March 2016
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
07 December 2015
Cherry, Joanna
Scottish National Party
22 March 2016
Clwyd, Ann
Labour
11 January 2016
Cooper, Rosie
Labour
11 March 2016
Crausby, Mr David
Labour
23 March 2016
Debbonaire, Thangam
Labour
25 November 2015
Dowd, Jim
Labour
09 December 2015
Esterson, Bill
Labour
07 March 2016
Evans, Chris
Labour
25 November 2015
Ferrier, Margaret
Scottish National Party
06 January 2016
Field, Frank
Labour
07 March 2016
Flello, Robert
Labour
19 April 2016
Gibson, Patricia
Scottish National Party
05 January 2016
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
20 April 2016
Kaufman, Sir Gerald
Labour
24 November 2015
Lamb, Norman
Liberal Democrat
07 January 2016
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
26 November 2015
Main, Mrs Anne
Conservative
21 January 2016
Mathias, Dr Tania
Conservative
09 December 2015
McCaig, Callum
Scottish National Party
07 January 2016
McDonald, Stewart Malcolm
Scottish National Party
04 February 2016
McGovern, Alison
Labour
11 March 2016
Monaghan, Carol
Scottish National Party
07 December 2015
Monaghan, Dr Paul
Scottish National Party
24 November 2015
Newlands, Gavin
Scottish National Party
18 January 2016
Oswald, Kirsten
Scottish National Party
16 December 2015
Owen, Albert
Labour
15 December 2015
Pugh, John
Liberal Democrat
20 January 2016
Rimmer, Marie
Labour
14 March 2016
Saville Roberts, Liz
Plaid Cymru
22 March 2016
Shah, Naz
Labour
08 February 2016
Skinner, Mr Dennis
Labour
02 March 2016
Thompson, Owen
Scottish National Party
10 February 2016
Twigg, Stephen
Labour
09 March 2016
Vaz, Valerie
Labour
24 March 2016
Weir, Mike
Scottish National Party
01 December 2015
Williams, Mr Mark
Liberal Democrat
02 December 2015
Wilson, Corri
Scottish National Party
26 November 2015
Wilson, Sammy
Democratic Unionist Party
20 April 2016
There are no withdrawn signatures for this Motion