I hope none of my friends choose to fund animal cruelty by taking a punt today. Sadly, animals don’t have this freedom of choice.
Already one horse has died during this year’s three-day Aintree event…
“Just half way through the second race of the three-day Grand National meeting, a horse has been killed at Aintree. Four-year-old gelding Gottany O’S had just jumped the fourth of nine hurdles in the 2.30 race, when it became clear he had sustained a major leg injury. He was destroyed on the course.” source
• UPDATE 18:08 14 April 2012:
So far three horses have died during Aintree’s 2012 three-day event. A further two more are being treated by a vet on the course after falls.
• Four horses died over the 3 day Aintree Event in 2011.
• Three horses died as a result of the 2010 Grand National.
• Five horses died as a result of the 2009 Grand National.
• Three horses died as a result of the 2008 Grand National.
• Over 400 horses die on racecourses in Britain each year.
Bred to Death
Animal Aid’s special report on how the racing industry’s drive for profit and glory is ruining the Thoroughbred horse.
Grand National betting boycott urged by animal charity
Former jockey Richard Pitman and animal welfare consultant Dene Stansall discuss ‘is horse racing too dangerous?’
Horse Death Watch