Horse Deaths On The Racecourse

Grand National

On the first day of the Cheltenham Festival, three horses were killed…

From Animal Aid:

“The Cheltenham Festival, which has killed nine horses in the last five years, produced three more fatalities on the opening day of the 2012 event.

The victims were 11-year-old Scotsirish, 13-year-old Garde Champetre and 7-year-old Educated Evans. The first two, were both racing in the gruelling 3-mile 7-furlong cross-country handicap chase. Educated Evans had been entered into the final race of the day – the two-and-a-half mile novice chase.”

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This time next month there will be another big race meeting here in Liverpool.

Last year at the same meeting – three horses were killed…

Merseyside Animal Rights will be staging a Grand National Demo on SATURDAY APRIL 14th

“A demonstration against the Grand National and horseracing in general will take place at the Aintree racetrack from 11.00 to 14.00 on Saturday 14th of April the day of the Grand National. We stand opposite the main entrance to the Aintree Racecourse on the A59. This is in front of the Aintree railway station entrance.

We will be there to protest against the cruelty to horses in the Grand National in particular and horse racing in general. Any one who feels that horseracing is wrong and is prepared to stand up and be counted with like-minded people.

Just turn up and be there. This is a peaceful demo. Bring a placard if you can but this is not necessary. We are able to talk to, or at the race-goers, with sometimes unusual responses! We have an arrangement with the police to stand in a prominent place with a good police presence so you will be quite safe.”

Video from a demo staged in 2010, you might recognise a couple of people:

» Horse Race Death Watch

Additional in a case of art imitating life: Three horses were killed during the filming of the U.S television show “Luck”, which stars Dustin Hoffman.

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