Animal rights protesters have condemned the horseracing industry following the death of yet another horse at the UK’s high profile Aintree Grand National Meeting last weekend.
The horse, Seedling was reportedly killed instantly when she fell during the first race on Grand National day. The mare was one of 12 horses in the hurdle race, and was positioned towards the rear of the field when the accident occurred. Onlookers reported that the horse appeared to be unsighted, and it’s this that led to her fall. Seedling is the 17th horse to have been killed on the Aintree Mildmay course.
Horseracing is nothing more than exploitation of animals for money, according to Director of Animal Aid, Andrew Tyler. The poor victim of this particular incident barely received a mention in the press, and was just another statistic; an invisible casualty of a cruel and exploitative industry.
Mr Tyler went on to say that the Grand National itself should be banned. A depressing 24 horses have died on the course, 11 during the famous race itself. This is just the tip of the iceberg when you consider that around 200 horses die in everyday races each year in the UK alone. A poll commissioned by Animal Aid found that the vast majority of people thought the Grand National was cruel and should be banned. The course was thought to be too long with too many overly demanding fences to be jumped.
Since the year 2000, over 40 horses have died at the Aintree three day festival. Organisers put the highly profitable and over-hyped meeting over the well-being and safety of horses and their jockeys. Surely this carnage cannot be allowed to continue in the name of sport?
Aintree racecourse has thus far declined to comment.
The racing industry has remained tight-lipped previously when asked to comment on horse fatalities at its events. A few dozen deaths seem to be acceptable as collateral damage in an industry worth billions where animals are considered a disposable commodity. It’s the betting industry that drives the sport of horseracing. And it’s the punters who gamble on the outcome of the races who fuel the betting industry. These people are not animal lovers with any interest in the horses they wager their money on; all they care about is whether they win or lose.
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