‘It was unbearable to see’: Jockey watches in horror as her beloved horse War Ends is beaten and then slaughtered on TV
- Laura Cheshire watched in horror as her former race horse was slaughtered
- She had been promised by its next owners it wouldn’t be sent to an abattoir
- Video aired Thursday as part of a report about the mistreatment of race horses
A jockey has been left heart-broken after witnessing her beloved horse beaten then slaughtered on national TV.
Laura Cheshire, 35, watched in horror as War Ends, a horse she rode for years, was killed by Queensland abattoir workers in footage shown on ABC’s 7.30 Report on Thursday night.
The animal, which has won more than $400,000 for its owners, was filmed on hidden cameras as part of a two-year special investigation into the mistreatment of racehorses.
Laura Cheshire (right), 35, watched in horror as War Ends, a horse she rode for years, was killed by Queensland abattoir workers on ABC’s 7.30 report Thursday night
The Gold Coast-based equestrian was shocked to see her former horse in the slaughterhouse after she had been assured his safety by his next owners.
‘Next thing I know he’s on TV getting a bolt in his head,’ she told news.com.au
‘It was horrific. It was unbearable to watch.
The exposé claimed an alarming number of retired thoroughbreds are being killed for meat for human consumption.
Miss Cheshire took to Facebook shortly after the video aired to express her devastation and disappointment in the racing industry.
‘The racing industry is failing racehorses. I have failed a racehorse,’ it read.
Cheshire took to Facebook shortly after the video aired to express her devastation and disappointment in the racing industry (pictured)
‘My heart is so broken.’
In the post, she shared photos of the conversation she had a year ago with War Ends’ last owner.
The woman said she had to give him away despite promising to keep him forever.
‘What the hell? This is really disappointing,’ she wrote.
‘Taking responsibility is one thing. Not knowing where the horse is or whether he is safe is another.’
On Friday morning, the professional rider sent the woman the video of War Ends being tortured.
In the post, she shared photos of the conversation (pictured) she had a year ago with War Ends last owner- a woman who said she had to give him away despite promising to keep him forever.
‘You were the responsible home he was meant to be in! What the f***,’ Miss Cheshire said.
‘I hope you feel responsible. I told you to give him back to me if you couldn’t keep him.
‘Now he’s dead.’
The woman did not reply to her texts and has since shut down her Facebook.
War Ends had passed through various owners until Cheshire re-homed him in July 2017.
The investigation uncovered that 4,000 horses were being killed annually in one abattoir alone, although official racing promotions state only 34 deaths occur yearly nation wide.
Footage revealed the animals suffering atrocious abuse- including lashings and electric shocks.
The report follows a pledge by the industry in 2016 to change the treatment of horses following the discovery of animal welfare breaches in greyhound racing.
War Ends (pictured) had passed through various owners until Cheshire (right) re-homed him in July 2017