STOP TROTTING OUT MISLEADING STATS
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