Child Jockeys In Mongolia Used As Entertainment

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Mongolia: Children used for entertainment have no place in the 21s century! Over 10,000 children are registered as child jockeys in Mongolia. Horse racing is deemed to be hazardous work:
• Jockeys are often aged between 7 and 10, meaning their ability to appreciate and manage risks is not fully developed;
• The races are not always properly organised, leading to danger, many children fall from their horses while racing because their equipment fails;

Many children have died and or been seriously injured after suffering falls;
• Many children drop out of school;
• The commercial nature of races, including gambling, has led to child jockeys being hired out to live with horse owners away from home, which can lead to physical and mental health risks, mistreatment and abuse.
• There was a ban on participation of children under 16 years of age in horse races between 1 November and 1 May, which was lifted by the current government in February this year.

#Mongolia: Children used for entertainment have no place in the 21s century! Over 10,000 children are registered as child jockeys in Mongolia. Horse racing is deemed to be hazardous work: • Jockeys are often aged between 7 and 10, meaning their ability to appreciate and manage risks is not fully developed; • The races are not always properly organised, leading to danger, many children fall from their horses while racing because their equipment fails; • Many children have died and or been seriously injured after suffering falls; • Many children drop out of school; • The commercial nature of races, including gambling, has led to child jockeys being hired out to live with horse owners away from home, which can lead to physical and mental health risks, mistreatment and abuse. • There was a ban on participation of children under 16 years of age in horse races between 1 November and 1 May, which was lifted by the current government in February this year. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child is concerned that members of parliament and Government officials have personal investments in horse racing and training. Click on the link in our bio to learn more.

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