Lucchini (Lega): ‘Horse racing, phasing out the use of the whip’

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The gradual abolition of the use of the whip is at the heart of the “New Spring” bill presented to the House Agriculture Committee by Elena Lucchini (Lega).

It was submitted to the Agriculture Committee of the Chamber the “New Spring” bill this, with the signature of MP Elena Lucchini (Lega)aims to protect the psychophysical health of horses, in particular with the progressive abolition of the use of the whip in horse racing and equestrian sports according to the different disciplines.

The title of the proposal is inspired by the exploits of an Italian trotting mare, Primavera Asconsidered a loser as long as it was executed under duress, but able to achieve remarkable results when guided by a woman, Jessica Pompa, without a whip.

The text consists of 12 articles, which seeks to resolve a much debated question, by animal rights activists but not only.

WHAT THE PROPOSAL PROVIDES FOR – Article 1 identifies the purposes and scope of the bill. Articles 2 and 3 regulate the use and therefore the progressive abolition of the whip in horse racing and equestrian sports according to the different disciplines; also establishes the prohibition of harnesses and tools, accessories and training, training and competition practices contrary to respect for horses and their psychophysical well-being.

Article 4 removes tools, harnesses and accessories of punishment and/or coercion from equitation and from all events involving and/or engaging saddled (and/or bare) horses, such as for example the spurs.

Article 5 identifies and determines the parameters for the participation of horses in festivals, fairs, historical festivals, poles, merry-go-rounds, quintanes and more generally in events off the tracks normally authorized for equestrian events.

Article 6 establishes the obligations and responsibilities of racetracks, training centres, transporters, stables, operators, professionals and organizers of horse racing and equestrian sports. In addition, it establishes the parameters and incentives for the training and professional qualification of professions related to the management of stables and horses, as well as the breeding, training and training of horses of sport.

Article 7 regulates, according to age and discipline, what and how many races can horses run and establishes new parameters and methods of control for the authorization of the latter to competitive activity. It also specifies certain measures relating to the safety and psychophysical health of animals.

Article 8 introduces a set of rules, methodologies, controls and sanctions for fight radically and effectively against doping in horses.

Article 9 also identifies and establishes rules, methodologies, controls and sanctions to fight radically and effectively against the doping of riders, jockeys and drivers, whether they are students, amateurs and/or professionals.

Article 10 provides for a number of rules of civil status, registers and property transfer controlsthe withdrawal of horses of competition age and their possible tests and qualifying and requalification tests.

Article 11 establishes tax provisions relating to the taxation of premiums and the relative destination of care, protection, protection and reuse of horses seriously injured or at the end of their career.

Article 12 provides final provisions relating to the rules applicable in this area not expressly governed by this bill.

THE HORSE ANGELS COMMENTARY – Roberta Ravello, of the Horse Angels association, comments on Lucchini’s proposal: “There is no technical timein our opinion, for discussion in the House in this legislature of Pdl 3636, but these points could enter into the discussion of the bill Gadda (Iv) on horse breeding. The only one who has the chance, if there is political will, to be approved in this legislature, because the cycle of hearings is over and we should be on the verge of transferring the text to the Senate, where it could transmit with the La Pietra Project (FdI) of the reform of horse racing to achieve, the best of the three projects, in what could finally be the first organic law for the reorganization of the horse racing system in Italy, with also rules for the protection of our dear equines.

We hope that the horse world will want to bring home results that harmonize the different visions and everyone’s convenience, and that it does not happen, as in the past, that snipers thinking only of their backyard demolish the success of a common plan that satisfies everyone, simply because their unique point of view cannot prevail”.


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