31 October, 2020

Blog

Animal Rights Activists Demand Truth: Horse Charlatan Killed Or Alive?

Animal rights activists have demanded Royal Turf Club to disclose whether the champion race horse Charlatan who fell and broke his leg at the concluded races in Nuwara Eliya on the 30th of April 2016 is alive or killed.

The champion thoroughbred fell during his last race for the season and was transported to the stables thereafter.

The following day the Royal Turf Club officially posted a comment on its Facebook page stating that the champion horse will be treated and used as a ceremonial mascot.

Royal Turf Club in its statement also went on to blame people for spreading negative comments and also said that only those with twisted minds would want to see the horse put down.Royal Turf Club

The full comment read ” “The final race meet for the spring season finished with great success with the patronage of the governor his Excellency Niluka Ekanayake, the central province MP for Nuwara Eliya and president of CWC Mr. Arumugam Thondaman and his worship the Mayor Mahinda Dodampegamage. Some tense moments were experienced when charlatan the champion of the hills who never lost a race for the past 3 years was nipped by the hind hoofs of the horse in front fell on the tracks. Charlatan is now back in the stables ably cared for by the veterinary team from Peradeniya and Dr. Mahesh from Bangalore. Another specialist team will be arriving from India at 5am Monday morning to take care of him. Charlatan will become the ceremonial lead horse for RTC after he is fully cured. All are welcome to visit him and offer him their support. Those who have made negative comments kindly note that RTC is a proper professional racing club with animal protection rules. Putting horses down just because of an injury is a suggestion that comes from twisted minds. RTC is here to protect animals and not to kill them. Horses are athletes. They should be treated with the respect any athlete deserves. There are many safety regulations that have been brought after RTC took over. But sometimes accidents do happen as in any sport. RTC has installed methods and rules of how these incidents are handled so that horses can come back and play a big role”.

A week has now passed by and the Royal Turf Club has been silent with no official statement made to the media about the champion horse.

Owners of Edwards Stables

However a source close to the Edwards Stables in Nuwara Eliya owned by Rienzie Edwards a committee member himself of the Royal Turf Club said ” the day after the races an Asiri Hospital ambulance arrived with a guy called Bernard transporting a portable scanner to check on the injury of the horse. The report was not favorable and if it was another country they would have put down the horse immediately. However the veterinary surgeons from both Sri Lankan and India treated the horse and somewhere in the afternoon on the 1st of May 2016 the horse died. I think they gave the horse an injection to die but I am not sure.The horse was fine until they gave him the injection. However later in the night the dead horse was transported in a lorry that was driven into the stables. It was a good camouflaged job they did and not many people knew what really happened. Rienzie Edwards has a plantation in Kurunegala and that is there where they said they were taking the carcass of Charlatan to”.

Speaking to Colombo Telegraph the Convener, Animal Welfare Coalition Vositha Wijenayake said “many see horse racing as an activity for their entertainment, many horses suffer in its process. The incident reported on the horse is an example of the cruelty of horse races. The RTC needs to inform the public of the horse in question so as to set aside doubts created about the horse’s safety.”

Horse racing rose to an unprecedented height this year after a lapse of over 35 years. The series of races held commencing on the 20th of March 2016 and continuing on the 10th, 16th, 23rd and 30th of April 2016 was held in a lavish manner with over tens of millions of rupees being spent. Government Ministers, a Mayor, a Governor, special guests, horse owners, trainers and jockeys reveled in its pretentious euphoric madness.

It was during the late Upali Wijewardena’s era and after the United National Party came into power in 1977 did the ban on the importation of thoroughbreds and racing be revived in the country.

However with Upali Wijewardena’s disappearance racing came to a stand still. It gathered momentum once again in 1993 and in the year 2010 the Sugathadasa Sports Complex Authority took over the premises as the rightful owners and leased the race track, stables and grand stand to the Sri Lanka Turf Club.

However with a dispute ensuing in 2014 over the doping of horses, a case was filed where it currently sits in the Attorney Generals office.

In 2015 the Sugathadasa Sports Complex Authority then leased the premises to the newly formed Royal Turf Club for a period of two years.

Meanwhile what is intriguing is that even the CEO appointed by the Royal Turf Club Australian Wayne Wood has also had his hands tainted regarding horse race fixing dating way back to the late 80’s. The ‘Racing and Post’ highlights an incident where Woods then a steward and former jockey himself failed to report a race held in Western Australia when a jockey jumped off his horse to have the result fixed. At the inquiry when questioned if he had made an error in judgement he said “Yes I agree. I was young and inexperienced”

Meanwhile several attempts to contact Royal Turf Club’s CEO Wayne Wood for a comment regarding the horse Charlatan proved futile, as he did not answer his mobile phone.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Latest comments

  • 1
    4

    How about thousands and thousands of abandoned dogs in north and east. It is a pity none took care of them . These animals are suffering from starvation and all sort of diseases. They deserve at least a sympathy.I saw them still faithfully wait for their masters who abandoned them. None wants to sympathies with them like Pillaiyan. Name it as Karma and evade from responsibility.

    • 2
      1

      The resident VET rajasingham narendran should look into this.
      Over to you RN

      • 0
        0

        [Edited out]

  • 2
    6

    Making mountain out of a mole.

  • 5
    0

    But then we are the Sinhala Buddhist nation, isn’t it?

    Torture and cruelty to both animals and human animals is our heritage.
    See what Juan E. Méndez, the UN Special Rapporteurs against Torture etc, said only the other day. Torture most extreme is the norm in this thrice blessed country of Sinhala Buddhists. ‘The thrice blessed country of Sinhala Buddhists’ is a term I added, not Juan E. Mendez.

    • 1
      3

      Even the sinhala buddhists have to defend their country and its people. It cant be done by just patting the backs of terrorists. Especially when you have to tackle with the most brutal terrorist organisation in the world. All countries all over the world act tough when it comes to terrorists.

      The country that sponsor UN is still having Guantanamo Bay and export beardos for treatment in countries like KSA and Jordan

      And whether the buddhists practice their religion or not is purely a private matter.

  • 4
    0

    The Charlatans seem to be doing exceptionally well going by the photograph .

    • 3
      0

      Agree , The Oracle!!

      What the heck of a photograph?? What connection to the story. A N I M A L I N S T I N C T??
      What a shame!!!
      Stupidity of course.

    • 0
      0

      Yes of course. Making black money white. The brother-in-law donates the prize money and the sister-in-law wins it

  • 3
    3

    No one care a damn about cats and dogs and cows roaming the street defending themselves.

    These Animal Rights people have nothing better to do than stir up the pot and making a name for themselves.

    Stop shedding crocodile tears and take care of your own families!

  • 4
    0

    is it possible that Charlatan is buried in the same city and not too far from the stables? the persons who came in the ambulance would know what was injected and have to keep a record, is there a procedure that needs a vet to confirm and record the death of the horse in Sri Lanka?

  • 0
    0

    Luckily Daham knows only bullockcart races or else he would have gate crashed the presentation stage and the Secretary would have bent backwords to accommodate him in the RTC as she did with the former first family with the CKC, giving all the top awards and letting their dogs cool under the CKC fans. Chi Chi

  • 1
    0

    SO WHO IS TELLING THE TRUTH?

    “Royal Turf Club
    THE FINAL RACE MEET FOR THE SPRING SEASON FINISHED WITH GREAT SUCCESS WITH THE PATRONAGE OF THE GOVERNOR HIS EXCELLENCY NILUKA EKANAYAKE, THE CENTRAL PROVINCE MP FOR NUWARA ELIYA AND PRESIDENT OF CWC MR ARUMUGAM THONDAMAN AND HIS WORSHIP THE MAYOR MAHINDA DODAMPEGAMAGE. SOME TENSE MOMENTS WERE EXPERIENCED WHEN CHARLATAN THE CHAMPION OF THE HILLS WHO NEVER LOST A RACE FOR THE PAST 3 YEARS WAS NIPPED BY THE HINDHOOFS OF THE HORSE IN FRONT FELL ON THE TRACKS. CHARLATAN IS NOW BACK IN THE STABLES ABLY CARED FOR BY THE VETERINARY TEAM FROM PERADENIYA AND DR.MAHESH FROM BANGLORE. ANOTHER SPECIALIST TEAM WILL BE ARRIVING FROM INDIA AT 5AM MONDAY MORNING TO TAKE CARE OF HIM. CHARLATAN WILL BECOME THE CEREMONIAL LEAD HORSE FOR RTC AFTER HE IS FULLY CURED. ALL ARE WELCOME TO VISIT HIM AND OFFER HIM THEIR SUPPORT. THOSE WHO HAVE MADE NEGATIVE COMMENTS KINDLY NOTE THAT RTC IS A PROPER PROFESSIONAL RACING CLUB WITH ANIMAL PROTECTION RULES. PUTTING HORSES DOWN JUST BECAUSE OF AN INJURY IS A SUGGESTION THAT COMES FROM TWISTED MINDS. RTC IS HERE TO PROTECT ANIMALS AND NOT TO KILL THEM. HORSES ARE ATHELETES. THEY SHOULD BE TREATED WITH THE RESPECT ANY ATHELETE DESERVES. THERE ARE MANY SAFETY REGULATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN BROUGHT AFTER RTC TOOK OVER . BUT SOMETIMES ACCIDENTS DO HAPPEN AS IN ANY SPORT. RTC HAS INSTALLED METHODS AND RULES OF HOW THESE INCIDENTS ARE HANDLED SO THAT HORSES CAN COME BACK AND PLAY A BIG ROLE.”

  • 1
    0

    YEA TELL US THE LATEST UPDATE Ms DEEPTHIKA?

    “Royal Turf Club
    Ms.Deepthika has informed Royal Turf Club that Charlaton is undergoing surgery after his injury on the 30th April races and she has informed us that she will keep us updated with Charlaton’s progress.
    Royal Turf Club and the executive committee wishes speedy recovery to Charlaton.”

    • 1
      0

      i’d say the folks at rtc are cowards who cant stand up to what they have done we all know that the horse is dead just ask the boys at the stables. this is what we do to horses that cant run in races anymore it happens all the time in racing now the noble able thing to do is to give the horse an honorable funeral and pray that its soul will rest in peace or else your souls will not have peace

Leave A Comment

Comments should not exceed 200 words. Embedding external links and writing in capital letters are discouraged. Commenting is automatically disabled after 7 days and approval may take up to 24 hours. Please read our Comments Policy for further details. Your email address will not be published.