Animal Aid

Ascot dominatrix gives punters a whipping

Posted 1 June 2006

As part of Animal Aid's call for a ban on the use of the whip, a PVC-clad dominatrix attended Ascot's Ladies Day to invite punters to offer their own rumps for a whipping.

Racegoers showed they were good sports by accepting our dominatrix's challenge but admitted that it really hurt. A Lord was amongst those on the sore end of a whipping (really!).

Animal Aid's meticulously researched report, A Hiding to Nothing, shows not only that whipping is cruel, but that horses who are whipped perform less well. In response, the Jockey Club acknowledged that 'more races are lost rather than won through use of the whip'. In light of this, the national campaign group is baffled as to why the whip has not been banned.

Says Animal Aid's Horseracing Consultant, Dene Stansall:

'Using pain in an effort to control an animal is morally repugnant to anyone with respect for animals. The evidence shows, in any case, that such violence is counter-productive in terms of safety and in producing winners.'

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