Na­tional dis­grace

The Scotsman - - Perspective / Letters To The Editor -

It’s time to stop fuss­ing over silly hats and to fo­cus on the death toll at the Grand Na­tional. Since 2000, more than 40 horses have per­ished in the event at Aintree, and the odds are that yet more will pay with their lives at to­mor­row’s meet. Push­ing horses be­yond their natural abilities on an in­ten­tion­ally dan­ger­ous course is a recipe for dis­as­ter: many col­lapse, crash through rail­ings, sus­tain bro­ken legs and necks, and en­dure what the in­dus­try eu­phemisti­cally calls “break­down”. Oth­ers face heart at­tacks, bleed­ing in their lungs, or painful ul­cers and other health prob­lems that come only from be­ing forced to run to their break­ing point. How many more will suf­fer and die be­fore horse rac­ing is fi­nally put out to pas­ture?

JEN­NIFER WHITE PETA (Peo­ple for the Eth­i­cal

Treat­ment of An­i­mals) So­ci­ety Build­ing, Lon­don

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