About The Condemned
Jack Conrad (Steve Austin) is a death-row inmate awaiting execution in a Central American jail when a TV producer buys him and takes him to a remote island. There, Jack and nine other prisoners learn they are to fight each other to the death, with freedom as the prize for the sole survivor. The producer plans to broadcast the event live and uncensored over the Internet.
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... He is expected to say: " In Jesus Christ, God reaches out to each one of us here; to those who like his family have no resources, into the dark cells of prisons, into the desperate struggles of hospital wards, to those on small boats, to the despairing, and even to The Condemned and the wicked, and says: Take me into your heart and life, let me set you free from the darkness that surrounds and fills you, for I too have been there...
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... When I was told: You can go now to The Condemned section waiting for your time to be hanged - oh, I felt as if I was already dead...
Melbourne Cup: Will Australian racing overcome cruelty scandals?
This year's Melbourne Cup follows significant scrutiny of animal welfare
As Australia holds its most famous race, revelations of mistreatment of horses at an abattoir in Queensland have ignited coast-to-coast revulsion.
Last month allegations were aired that hundreds of registered racehorses are being sent to slaughterhouses in breach of racing rules and animal welfare guarantees.
The grim footage could not be further from the carnival and riches of Tuesday's Melbourne Cup, arguably Australia 's most glittering sporting occasion.
The exposé by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Abc ) and other scandals - including several recent race-day deaths - have dramatically escalated scrutiny of the sport.
Are Australian attitudes changing?Shocking video
The abattoir footage, secretly gathered over two years, is pitiful and bloodthirsty. Abattoir workers are shown kicking horses in The Head , attacking them with pipes and applying electric shocks to their genitals.
Trapped inside so-called "kill boxes", the horses can barely move, while other animals watch on, defenceless and grimly waiting their turn.
A member of staff is heard swearing at the horses, calling them "maggots" and shouting "you're going to. . die here". Another appears to cheer on as one animal is despatched. Some of The Condemned gallopers are under two years Old .The footage shown on the Abc was secretly collated over two years
Although not household names, Take A Chance, Rapid Feet and Moonlight Dancer won races and prize money for their owners before they disappeared. Some horse meat was reportedly sold for human consumption overseas.A tipping point?
"This issue has significantly knocked Australian racing's reputation and blown a huge hole in their claims that horse welfare is paramount and racehorses are treated like kings. This should very much be viewed as a crisis and a tipping point for the Industry . "
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But the brutality inflicted on The Unwanted - officials call them "wastage" - is reportedly taking place every week, despite Racing Australia , the governing body, introducing a "traceability rule" in 2016 requiring the registration and tracking of All horses from birth to retirement.
In response to the slaughterhouse scandal, it announced it would spend A$25m (£13m; $17m) to care for thoroughbreds from the stable to The Grave .
"We understand that the development of a national database for All horses will be a complex matter. We welcome the opportunity to work with government to trial a pilot scheme for thoroughbreds. "What can the Industry do?
Welfare campaigners argue that one of the fundamental problems is over-breeding. It is a scattergun, conveyor-belt policy of producing thousands of foals each year in the unrelenting search for a diamond in the straw.Australia 's spring races draw tens of thousands of spectators
"We need to change our training and racing practices to minimise The Risk of injury which is a leading cause of premature retirement of horses, and, yes, this includes phasing out the routine use of whips, which use fear and pain to push horses beyond their capacity," said Dr Jones of Rspca Australia .Lloyd Williams (centre) has called for an end to the use of whips
The thoroughbred sector in Australia has faced other cruelty and race-fixing scandals. Ahead of this Melbourne Cup, many critics have noted that Six horses since 2013 - All foreign runners - have died during or after the race.
But Australians are also increasingly participating in smaller protests and boycotts, according to The Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses. The Animal welfare group organises the Nup to the Cup campaign which calls on pubs and restaurants to hold anti-Melbourne Cup events instead of traditional - and often lucrative - celebrations. More Than 25 such events were scheduled for Tuesday.
Additionally, celebrities including pop star Taylor Swift and Hollywood actress Lana Condor have generated much attention by cancelling scheduled appearances at the race this year. Both stars cited scheduling conflicts, but Condor also announced a donation to a horse welfare fund.Eroding trust
The slaughter scandal is particularly damaging, according to Prof Paul McGreevy from the University of Sydney, who is a riding instructor and veterinarian.
"It eclipses All others in terms of graphic imagery but the damage may come chiefly from the story running to The Core of whether the Industry can retain The Public 's trust and its social licence to operate," he tells the BBC.
Lee Freedman , a five-time Melbourne Cup winner, said only bold and wholesale reforms that guarantee animal welfare would be enough.
"If we don't make real changes the court of Public Opinion will bury racing," he tweeted.
Source of news: bbc.com