House of Commons
Use of the whip in British horseracing
EDM #135
Tabled 04 February 2020
2019-21 Session
That this House notes that racehorses are routinely beaten with a whip under rules set by the industry's regulatory body, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) which sanctions this violent treatment in order that jockeys may, as it is claimed, encourage racehorses to improve their chances of winning, even though evidence indicates that whipping for this purpose is counter-productive; further notes that there were more than 400 breaches of the rules in 2019, mostly for whipping racehorses more than the permitted number of strikes; notes that no other animal can be legally beaten in such circumstances and that a 2018 YouGov poll found that, of those who expressed an opinion, 83 per cent of 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 is 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 prohibit use of the whip for encouragement or for equivalent reasons.

Signatures (80)

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.
Duffield, Rosie
Labour
06 February 2020
Chamberlain, Wendy
Liberal Democrat
07 February 2020
Gibson, Patricia
Scottish National Party
09 February 2020
Hobhouse, Wera
Liberal Democrat
10 February 2020
Cameron, Dr Lisa
Scottish National Party
10 February 2020
Nicolson, John
Scottish National Party
10 February 2020
Hanvey, Neale
Independent
10 February 2020
Saville Roberts, Liz
Plaid Cymru
10 February 2020
Stone, Jamie
Liberal Democrat
11 February 2020
Jardine, Christine
Liberal Democrat
11 February 2020
MacAskill, Kenny
Scottish National Party
11 February 2020
Sobel, Alex
Labour
11 February 2020
Fovargue, Yvonne
Labour
11 February 2020
Anderson, Fleur
Labour
11 February 2020
Monaghan, Carol
Scottish National Party
11 February 2020
Olney, Sarah
Liberal Democrat
11 February 2020
Edwards, Jonathan
Plaid Cymru
11 February 2020
Sheppard, Tommy
Scottish National Party
13 February 2020
McDonald, Stuart C
Scottish National Party
13 February 2020
Sharma, Mr Virendra
Labour
13 February 2020
Byrne, Ian
Labour
13 February 2020
Bonnar, Steven
Scottish National Party
13 February 2020
Antoniazzi, Tonia
Labour
13 February 2020
Blackford, Ian
Scottish National Party
17 February 2020
Smith, Alyn
Scottish National Party
20 February 2020
Eshalomi, Florence
Labour
21 February 2020
McMorrin, Anna
Labour
24 February 2020
Murray, James
Labour
24 February 2020
Sheerman, Mr Barry
Labour
25 February 2020
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
26 February 2020
McDonagh, Siobhain
Labour
27 February 2020
Black, Mhairi
Scottish National Party
02 March 2020
Brock, Deidre
Scottish National Party
04 March 2020
Bruce, Fiona
Conservative
09 March 2020
Flynn, Stephen
Scottish National Party
11 March 2020
Wilson, Sammy
Democratic Unionist Party
11 March 2020
Sultana, Zarah
Labour
12 March 2020
Crawley, Angela
Scottish National Party
12 March 2020
Grady, Patrick
Scottish National Party
12 March 2020
Cooper, Rosie
Labour
13 March 2020
Ferrier, Margaret
Scottish National Party
16 March 2020
Girvan, Paul
Democratic Unionist Party
18 March 2020
Nichols, Charlotte
Labour
23 March 2020
Chapman, Douglas
Scottish National Party
21 April 2020
Ribeiro-Addy, Bell
Labour
21 April 2020
Oppong-Asare, Abena
Labour
21 April 2020
Moran, Layla
Liberal Democrat
21 April 2020
Gwynne, Andrew
Labour
21 April 2020
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
28 April 2020
Hanna, Claire
Social Democratic & Labour Party
04 May 2020
Cryer, John
Labour
05 May 2020
Osamor, Kate
Labour
18 May 2020
Thomson, Richard
Scottish National Party
01 June 2020
Henderson, Gordon
Conservative
02 June 2020
Fellows, Marion
Scottish National Party
03 June 2020
Abrahams, Debbie
Labour
04 June 2020
Amess, Sir David
Conservative
29 June 2020
Hill, Mike
Labour
01 July 2020
Lewell-Buck, Mrs Emma
Labour
06 July 2020
Whitley, Mick
Labour
06 July 2020
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
06 July 2020
Doogan, Dave
Scottish National Party
07 July 2020
Cruddas, Jon
Labour
08 July 2020
Day, Martyn
Scottish National Party
08 July 2020
Robinson, Gavin
Democratic Unionist Party
08 July 2020
Farron, Tim
Liberal Democrat
09 July 2020
Lloyd, Tony
Labour
09 July 2020
Yasin, Mohammad
Labour
10 July 2020
Lake, Ben
Plaid Cymru
10 July 2020
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
10 July 2020
Stringer, Graham
Labour
10 July 2020
Farry, Stephen
Alliance
15 July 2020
Thompson, Owen
Scottish National Party
20 July 2020
Abbott, Ms Diane
Labour
20 July 2020
There are no withdrawn signatures for this Motion