Independent inquiry into the management of retired racehorses

The Queensland Government is conducting an independent inquiry into the regulatory and oversight arrangements of abattoirs and other facilities accepting horses for slaughter, and the management of retired racehorses in Queensland, including horses moved from interstate.

The Inquiry follows a story that aired on the ABC's 7.30 Report on 17 October 2019. The program showed graphic images of the treatment of horses at a Queensland abattoir and raised issues about the disposal of retired racehorses.

Retired District Court Judge Terry Martin SC is leading the inquiry with the support of equine veterinary surgeon Dr Peter Reid. Both Mr Martin and Dr Reid have extensive experience in their respective fields and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the inquiry.

The inquiry has already heard from a number of stakeholders and is seeking written submissions from a targeted group of stakeholders on particular aspects of the inquiry's Terms of reference (PDF, 538.5KB).

The inquiry is not intending to seek submissions more broadly from the community as there is a need to balance the breadth of perspective with the limited time in which to investigate and report.

An independent investigation is also being conducted by Biosecurity Queensland in relation to the actions depicted in the ABC's 7.30 Report, under the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001. The operating procedures at the abattoir will be considered during the inquiry’s investigation.

The inquiry’s final report will be available after 31 January 2020.