Horses can feel just as much pain from whips as humans, study shows
A landmark scientific paper published today shows that horses have the capability to feel as much pain from whipping as humans.
The publication comes as the Australian racing industry is debating the use of whips and follows the $50,000 fine handed to jockey Kerrin McEvoy for excessive whip use in the Melbourne Cup.
Racing Victoria is leading a push to gradually phase out the use of whips altogether.
- Researchers have found a horse can feel the same amount of pain from whipping as a human
- They came to the conclusion by comparing nerve endings in horse and human skin
- Some racing figures argue whips do not hurt and are used as encouragement