In fury over the death of racehorse Anthony van Dyck following the Melbourne Cup, animal activists gathered in protest outside the gates of Flemington.
After suffering a broken fetlock at the 400-metre mark of the race, the five-year – old horse, who was one of the pre-race favourites, was euthanized.
The horse on the track was put into an ambulance, but could not be rescued.
Anthony van Dyck has been the seventh racehorse to break down during the Melbourne Cup since 2013, ridden by jockey Hugh Bowman.
Protesters also gathered at the racecourse earlier, carrying signs reading” You bet they die “and” Nup to the cup.
“These are not accidents, these are inevitable incidents that can’t be avoided, because racehorses are pushed too far and too often,” CPR Campaign Director Elio Celotto said.
“On average, one horse is killed on Australian racetracks every three days. The death of Anthony Van Dyke means seven deaths in eight years in the Melbourne Cup.”
“We would like to thank the track and veterinary staff for their prompt and humane care of the horse,” a Victoria Racing Club Aiden O’Brien said.
PETA has called for an immediate investigation into the death of the horse.
“The industry focuses on the money made from animal suffering, glossing over the bleeding lungs, broken bones, and death, the reality of the abusive racing industry is that horses are made to run to the detriment of their health,” spokesperson Emily Rice said.
“While the scenes today were confronting, nobody should be surprised. A racehorse dies every three days on Australian racetracks.
“The only difference is on Melbourne Cup Day, the whole country is watching. “