STOP TROTTING OUT MIS­LEAD­ING STATS

Sunday Tasmanian - - NEWS -

ANNE Box­hall is en­ti­tled to her opin­ion on the rac­ing in­dus­try ( Sun­day Tas­ma­nian, Septem­ber 30), but her se­lec­tive use of cer­tain sta­tis­tics is highly ques­tion­able.

To say one horse dies on a race­track ev­ery three days based on a to­tal an­nual fig­ure of 119 deaths is to­tally mis­lead­ing.

That to­tal needs to be re­lated to all thor­ough­breds, rac­ing, in train­ing, be­ing ag­isted and run­ning around in breed­ing lo­ca­tions. The num­bers are enor­mous, [and] fa­tal­i­ties an ex­tremely low per­cent­age.

It’s a huge in­dus­try em­ploy­ing many Aus­tralians who care first and fore­most for the an­i­mal’s wel­fare at all stages of its life.

Also, with a large part of her story based on the emo­tional writ­ing of an­other “virtue-sig­naller” in Nikki Gem­mell, this was hardly an orig­i­nal piece. Jack Bell Ho­bart

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