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A heartbreaking video went viral of a horse and cart race on a motorway with the driver aggressively whipping the horses.

The drivers can be seen “aggressively whipping” the horses during the race down the M3 motorway in Ireland, between Dublin and Meath. Animal group Animal Law Ireland shared the video on Twitter with the caption,

“3 horse harness race (sulky race) on the M3 this morning on the @meathcoco @Fingalcoco border”

“1 horse being whipped aggressively. If you saw this race, contact Gardaí”

The footage was filmed by a car that was traveling behind the racers. The Irish justice minister Simon Harris reportedly called the footage “appalling” and asked for anyone with information to alert law enforcement.

“I have seen online video of an appalling incident of 3 horse harness race/sulky race on the M3 this morning. Horrific abuse of animals and a major danger to motorists,” he said.

“If anyone has any information on this, please report it to Gardai to ensure this can be fully pursued.”

Animal Law Ireland said that the race takes place almost “every weekend in Dublin and across the country.” This is absolutely heart breaking and needs to stop! Learn more about how to help through Animal Law Ireland.

Animal abuse is more prevalent than many may think. According to PetPedia, every 60 seconds, an animal suffers from abuse, with more than 65 percent being dogs. More than 10 million animals die from abuse every year in the US alone, not including the livestock bred for consumption, who also suffer immense abuse. Animal abuse happens everywhere and is a serious issue. We need more laws to protect animals and hold abusers accountable. Sign this petition to demand all states make all animal abuse a felony now!

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