The jumps racing debate: Researchers find no common ground

By | May 31, 2019
Debate is polarised to a greater extent than or less the continuation of jumps racing The jumps racing debate: Researchers notice no mutual ground
Debate is polarised inwards New Zealand to a greater extent than or less the continuation of jumps racing, researchers conduct keep found. The pictured steeplechase occurred inwards England. Photo: Paul Holloway CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

No mutual the world appears to be betwixt supporters together with opponents of jumps racing inwards New Zealand, the findings of recent inquiry suggest.

The conduct a opportunity posed past times jumps racing to horses formed a ground for 2 telephone commutation arguments, Kylie Legg together with her colleagues reported inwards the magazine Animals.

Supporters argued that risks were reasonable, with conduct a opportunity minimisation measures best determined past times expertise together with aid from inside the racing industry. Opponents were labelled every bit naïve extremists.

Opponents of jumps racing tended to personify the Equus caballus every bit a rights-bearing private to debate that whatever conduct a opportunity was unacceptable together with jumps racing should last banned.

Horses were attributed with rights, together with from this perspective, the racing manufacture exploited horses for entertainment.

“These 2 dissimilar arguments were used to shape claims for together with against the continuation of jumps racing,” Legg together with her boyfriend researchers from Massey University said.

Their study involved an investigation of jumps racing articles inwards the New Zealand media for the 2016/2017 together with 2017/2018 seasons.

There were 293 jumps races during the 2 racing seasons. These races comprised 4.9% of the amount issue of Equus caballus races inwards New Zealand during that period.

During these jumps races, at that spot were fifteen Equus caballus deaths, for a fatality charge per unit of measurement of 5.8 per M starters – a charge per unit of measurement which is higher than apartment racing.

During this period, 36,204 articles on Equus caballus racing were identified inwards New Zealand. Of these, 1228 (3.4%) related to jumps racing. Of these, 96% were classified every bit neutral–positive, reporting on the likes of Equus caballus form, race results, events together with preparation.

The study squad institute that the book of give-and-take close the continuation of jumps racing was minimal, comprising simply 2.9% of jumps racing articles. Such give-and-take was short-lived together with tended to last related to Equus caballus fatalities.

“There was no mutual the world betwixt the supporters together with opponents of jumps racing, with opponents taking the unyielding take in that the sport should last banned,” the authors reported.

“The supporters of jumps racing acknowledged the risks of the sport, deeming them acceptable, together with compared them to other accepted Equus caballus activities which likewise conduct keep inherent risk. Proponents used this to advocate for adherence to manufacture security regulations.

“Jumps racing supporters had the pragmatic seat that the traditional benefits of the sport (for both earnings together with entertainment) with manufacture measures to safeguard the wellness together with welfare of the horses justify the continuation of jumps racing.

“Deaths were argued to last singular aberrations inwards an otherwise regulated together with controlled industry.

“However, the narrative from those opposed to jumps racing was that of exploitation of horses for human earnings together with entertainment.

“The life of each Equus caballus was made important together with likened to human atrocities.”

Horses, they noted, were personalised together with attributed with rights.

“Therefore, deaths were argued to last needless, horrific together with tragic. Thus, the similar reactions to a Equus caballus decease inwards a jumps race — that of a “tragedy” — were given exclusively dissimilar meanings when considered either every bit a rare together with worrying occurrence inducing stricter welfare guidelines or every bit an inevitable resultant of a sport which should last banned.”

The authors continued: “This framing of the importance of private animals, illustrated with graphic images together with videos, enabled the media to publicise stories of relatively rare injuries together with fatalities to a much larger audience than those introduce at Equus caballus races or involved inwards the racing industry.”

The researchers suggested that agreement the lines of reasoning behind each seat inwards the jumps racing debate tin strength out assist to give away how these arguments tin strength out influence together with shape populace opinion.

“At present, the arguments used prevented whatever crusade towards shared solutions to the danger of jumps racing. This recognition could opened upwardly avenues for informed together with knowledgeable give-and-take of the risks together with reasoning for jumps racing betwixt the racing manufacture together with those who oppose it.

“Such give-and-take could resultant inwards measures beingness taken that are acceptable to both parties.”

The amount study squad comprised Kylie Legg, Mary Breheny, Erica Gee together with Chris Rogers.

Responding to Risk: Regulation or Prohibition? New Zealand Media Reporting of Thoroughbred Jumps Racing 2016–2018
Kylie A. Legg, Mary Breheny, Erica K. Gee together with Chris W. Rogers
Animals 2019, 9(5), 276;

The study, published nether a Creative Commons License,  tin strength out last read here


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