Punish Trainer Who Allegedly Tortured Three Racehorses

Target: Brendan Kissane QC, Chief Crown Prosecutor of Victoria, Australia

Goal: Pursue maximum punishment for trainer and colleagues who allegedly tortured three horses.

Red Cardinal, Yogi, and Tosen Basil: these names represent more than thoroughbred racehorses. They may also be symbolic of the reported animal cruelty often found in the horse-racing world. Two years ago, the horses became subjects in an ongoing investigation against Darren Weir, a former Melbourne Cup-winning trainer, and his associates Tyson Kermond and Jarrod McLean.

Following a two-year investigation, authorities conducted a raid on Weir’s training grounds. Investigators had installed video cameras on the premises and allegedly captured the three men using electric shock devices called jiggers and painful poly pipes to “enhance” the performance of the horses in question. Weir and his team are now facing a litany of charges, including conspiracy, illegal betting, and animal cruelty. Despite the seeming video evidence, the men have pled not guilty.

Sign the petition below to demand this high-profile case be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.


Dear Mr. Kissane,

Australia’s troubled history with horse-racing scandals (including the alleged widespread slaughter of retired racehorses) illuminates how far the country has to go in protecting these vulnerable and at-risk animals. The upcoming trial of Darren Weir and his co-defendants is an opportunity to spotlight these alleged abuses and send a definitive message about animal cruelty in the racing world. Do not let this opportunity be for naught.

These defendants stand accused of horse torture. The very words reinforce the gravity of the reported crimes. Mr. Weir has already lost his professional credentials due to the accusations. If he is found guilty, he and his colleagues can and should face the full measure of punishment. Please ensure they do.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Michelle Payne



  1. Linda Hilty-Tuttle says:

    I thought kindness, patience, repetition and reward were the ingredients for successful animal training…apparently Darren Weir, a former Melbourne Cup-winning trainer, and his associates Tyson Kermond and Jarrod McLean tried a much different approach, that equals failure and punishment for them, which they certainly deserve!

  2. Gloria Navan says:

    Please do everything possible to punish these people. Horses are intelligent,
    gentle creatures. They did nothing to deserve treatment like this by people who
    were using them for fame and money.

  3. Jacqui Skill says:

    Lock the sadistic monsters up for life!!Shut down horse racing..it is cruel, horses are extremely sensitive magnificent creatures and humans are monsters for exploiting and enslaving them1

  4. Patricia Wicker says:

    Demented Sadistic Monsters!!!~! Shut DOWN HORSE RACING!!! The whole thing is CRUEL!! POOR HORSES, STOP EXPLOITING THESE PRECIOUS ANIMALS!!

  5. Animal abusers must have the death penalty performed on them.

  6. Justin Recht says:

    Hang him upside down for a week – perhaps blood may flow in his useless brain and create a sense of compassion.

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