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HITTING HORSES IN RACING

EDM (Early Day Motion) 577: tabled on 22 October 2015

Tabled in the 2015-16 session.

This motion has been signed by 51 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

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.

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
Signed on 16 December 2015
Sheffield South East
Blackman-Woods, Dr Roberta
Labour
Signed on 13 April 2016
City of Durham
Boswell, Philip
Scottish National Party
Signed on 11 April 2016
Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill
Brake, Tom
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 8 December 2015
Carshalton and Wallington
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 27 January 2016
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Cadbury, Ruth
Labour
Signed on 21 March 2016
Brentford and Isleworth
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 7 December 2015
Blyth Valley
Cherry, Joanna
Scottish National Party
Signed on 22 March 2016
Edinburgh South West
Clwyd, Ann
Labour
Signed on 11 January 2016
Cynon Valley
Cooper, Rosie
Labour
Signed on 11 March 2016
West Lancashire
Crausby, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 23 March 2016
Bolton North East
Debbonaire, Thangam
Labour
Signed on 25 November 2015
Bristol West
Dowd, Jim
Labour
Signed on 9 December 2015
Lewisham West and Penge
Esterson, Bill
Labour
Signed on 7 March 2016
Sefton Central
Evans, Chris
Labour
Signed on 25 November 2015
Islwyn
Ferrier, Margaret
Scottish National Party
Signed on 6 January 2016
Rutherglen and Hamilton West
Field, Frank
Labour
Signed on 7 March 2016
Birkenhead
Flello, Robert
Labour
Signed on 19 April 2016
Stoke-on-Trent South
Gibson, Patricia
Scottish National Party
Signed on 5 January 2016
North Ayrshire and Arran
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 20 April 2016
Luton North
Kaufman, Sir Gerald
Labour
Signed on 24 November 2015
Manchester, Gorton
Lamb, Norman
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 January 2016
North Norfolk
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 26 November 2015
Brighton, Pavilion
Main, Mrs Anne
Conservative
Signed on 21 January 2016
St Albans
Mathias, Dr Tania
Conservative
Signed on 9 December 2015
Twickenham
McCaig, Callum
Scottish National Party
Signed on 7 January 2016
Aberdeen South
McDonald, Stewart Malcolm
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 February 2016
Glasgow South
McGovern, Alison
Labour
Signed on 11 March 2016
Wirral South
Monaghan, Carol
Scottish National Party
Signed on 7 December 2015
Glasgow North West
Monaghan, Dr Paul
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 November 2015
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
Newlands, Gavin
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 January 2016
Paisley and Renfrewshire North
Oswald, Kirsten
Scottish National Party
Signed on 16 December 2015
East Renfrewshire
Owen, Albert
Labour
Signed on 15 December 2015
Ynys Môn
Pugh, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 January 2016
Southport
Rimmer, Marie
Labour
Signed on 14 March 2016
St Helens South and Whiston
Saville Roberts, Liz
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 22 March 2016
Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Shah, Naz
Labour
Signed on 8 February 2016
Bradford West
Skinner, Mr Dennis
Labour
Signed on 2 March 2016
Bolsover
Thompson, Owen
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 February 2016
Midlothian
Twigg, Stephen
Labour
Signed on 9 March 2016
Liverpool, West Derby
Vaz, Valerie
Labour
Signed on 24 March 2016
Walsall South
Weir, Mike
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 December 2015
Angus
Williams, Mr Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 2 December 2015
Ceredigion
Wilson, Corri
Scottish National Party
Signed on 26 November 2015
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Wilson, Sammy
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 20 April 2016
East Antrim

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.