Show Jumping

Just like animal circuses, show jumping is the exploitation of animals for the sake of money and entertainment.

If horses could choose to show jump, do you think they would?

Show jumping has been exposed numerous times for animal cruelty and drug scandals. At the 2004 Olympics, Irish show jumper, Cian O’Connor, was stripped of his gold medal and also received a three month ban from competition, for doping his horse with human sedatives.

Then at the 2008 Olympics, another Irish show jumper, Denis Lynch, was barred from competing in the show jumping final because his horse tested positive for a banned substance called ‘capsaicin’. This substance is found in a product called Equiblock (a supposed ‘pain killer’), which he bought over the internet and regularly used on his horse. Capsaicin is derived from chilli powder, and causes a burning sensation that, when rubbed into an animal’s legs, encourages them to jump higher because hitting a pole is so painful.

These are two who were caught – imagine how many more, who are not under the spotlight, get away with doping and abusing horses in the name of this ‘sport’. Not to mention all the horses who have sustained injuries over the years through these events, and the level of abuse witnessed at dressage competitions – a lot of riders use the spurs on every step the horse takes, causing bleeding and bad bruising. The skin gets so callused that it becomes like sandpaper. Other riders fasten the noseband too tightly, which can have an excruciating effect on the horse because it denies him/her the ability to move his/her jaw.

Do you believe that horses in the wild would seek out obstacles taller than themselves, to jump over, for the fun of it?


A lot of money and funding is involved in this industry – even Horse Sports Ireland get over €500,000 a year from the National Sports Council, just for their training programme. We would like to know how the Sports Ministers throughout the years (who have always remained inexplicably silent whenever there is a scandal regarding horse doping and abuse), have justified the continued funding of this industry with taxpayers money.


Just because animals are forced to do something, doesn’t mean that they actually want to.

There is also an undeniable link between eventing and bloodports, as a huge number of hunt members take part in, steward, and judge these competitions. These people spend their days watching foxes and deer get maimed and killed – for fun – so do you really
think they have compassion towards horses? These people are animal abusers. Most
are also involved in the horse racing industry, where 10,000 horses are killed every year
just because they aren’t good enough to become racers.

There are plenty of non-animal sports for people to take part in. Using animals to compete is not only morally wrong, but also totally unnecessary.


So, what are we doing about it?


Over the years we have protested dozens of restaurants serving foie gras - and had huge success in getting them to eliminate it from their menus. If you find any restaurant serving foie gras, please let us know so we can get in touch with them immediately.


Seen as a "luxury" item, foie gras isn't that widespread in Ireland, and therefore some people are unaware of what it is. If you see it for sale anywhere, please make a complaint - the more objections businesses get, the less inclined they are to sell it!


Foie gras is illegal to produce in Ireland, on grounds of animal cruelty, so why do we import it? It's time to campaign for an import ban - please lobby your local TD!

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