'The case against the use of the air-cushioned whip in horseracing: analyzing the arguments'

O'Brien, Mahon (2021) 'The case against the use of the air-cushioned whip in horseracing: analyzing the arguments'. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics. pp. 1-16. ISSN 1940-6940

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Due to the growing emphasis on the importance of the rights and entitlements of non-human animals, horseracing has come in for renewed and, in many instances, justifiable scrutiny. This has led to an ongoing public debate concerning the use of the padded whip in particular – a debate which has been reasonably open and well contested. However, the scientific/academic debate has been disappointingly one-sided and, to date, the views of anyone other than those opposed to the continued use of the padded whip have not been given an airing. This paper seeks to redress the imbalance in the academic debate by revisiting some of the key arguments deployed by authors who express grave concerns over the use of the padded whip in racing, challenging what are taken to be significant weaknesses in many of them. For the sport to be able to make informed policy decisions on this important issue, a number of things are needed. First, a critical review of the studies available is needed. And, secondly, gaps in the literature and research need to be flagged. As things stand, the jury is still out from a scientific and philosophical point of view on the issue of whether the padded whip is painful, despite the claims of some of the more vocal critics of the practice. This paper will further look to identify the challenges ahead and the kind of research urgently needed.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Horseracing, Padded Whip, Equine Welfare
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Philosophy
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Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2021 10:16
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2021 10:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/102420

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