M583 - Use of the Whip in British Horse Racing Motion 2019 Watch
Just for the record, I never denied your commitment to the party. Of course as a party of 17 MPs we will have differing views, but I will say it's great to see you taking a more active role in producing items and debating them. I may not particularly agree with them but I hope to see them continue coming.
Padded whips do cause pain. Jockeys wouldn’t use them if they didn’t inflict some pain on the horse. A study found that in 64% of impacts, the unpadded part of the whip came in contact with the horse. It may be that jockeys are using the padded whip in a different way to overcome the possibility that it has less impact on the horse.
While i would ordinarily tend to side with the animals on most issues put before this House (i would extend your chicken bill to all poultry for example and have opposed the badger and fox hunting bills historically - bar once or twice when Jammy was a member of the party) i would actually be opposed to this. Although i accept that whipping in horse racing is somewhat 'cruel', it is a commercial sport for which horses are actually bred in many cases and the vast majority do not die of any injury they sustain from being whipped. Unlike threats to their lives, this motion for me would represent too much state intervention in horse racing.
Unsure why my commitment to the Conservative Party is being questioned. I have never suggested anything radical; a lot of environmental beliefs are actually in line with a lot of the work Gove did whilst at DEFRA.
I am also Shadow Environment Secretary, so this is my brief. The legislation brought forward on eggs was part of a manifesto commitment, which all TSR Conservative MPs stood on.
With regards to whipping of racing horses, it was based on an article I read the other day, and felt the matter warranted debate. You will notice I did not request for this to be submitted on behalf of the party, but as a private motion. I believe in animal welfare and looking after the animals on this planet, there is nothing wrong with that.
I would certainly never advocate veganism (by God I cannot stand some vegans), or should we ban horse racing or the slaughter of animals. I am just after a society where we conduct ourselves with animals in a more humane manner.
Why should we not ban horse racing if we're going to go on about animal rights?For instance in 2018 there were 202 horses killed while racing, so we humans can enjoy ourselves. You opt for going after the whipping of horses (ever been hit with a riding crop?) because 400 times somebody whipped too much but the fact that 200 horses were killed in 2018 isn't a problem, it's just the price of a afternoon of fun. Just as your fine with people raising cows just to be killed so you can enjoy a nice steak; raising sheep just to kill them so you can enjoy a nice haggis; raise chickens just to kill them so you can have a nice chicken tikka.
Morally you are no better with your choice consume animal products, have leather upholstery in your car, or go to the races where a horse dies every other day than I am in my choice to do all those things, and go on a hunt if I were able to; the only difference is I don't get on my high horse and pretend that somebody who chooses to do things where animals may get hurt I don't want to is some amoral pig because of that choice.