Media release 27 March 2017
Cyclone sparks welfare warning and race cancellations
The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) is calling on all racing participants to be aware of the welfare needs of their a
nimals during and following Cyclone Debbie.The cyclone currently heading towards the Queensland coast is set to impact racing industry participants and animals from central to northern Queensland over the next week.
QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett said the safety and welfare of participants and their animals in the cyclone zone is of paramount importance. “Participants should ensure animals have adequate and safe housing and continual access to water and food. “I would encourage participants to consult with their private veterinarians in relation to the welfare of their animals, and to ensure their needs are met during this period,” he said. “Consideration should also be given to moving animals to ensure their safety.”
Commissioner Barnett said that due to this e
xtreme weather event the Greyhound race meeting in Townsville set down for tomorrow night and tomorrow’s Mackay Thoroughbred meeting have been cancelled and the continuation of race meetings in the region later this week is being monitored.
“Stewards will assess and decide if a Greyhound race meeting at Rockhampton on Wednesday and the Townsville thoroughbred races on Thursday will go ahead. “Any participants requiring assistance in relation to the welfare needs of their animals should contact their local QRIC chief steward.