Leicester Mercury

Take a stand – do not bet on Grand National


ANIMAL Aid is asking readers to withdraw their support from the Grand National by not placing bets on the three-day event.

Since the year 2000, 53 horses have been killed at the Grand National Meeting, with 12 of those horses killed in the main race.

The Grand National is still almost five times more lethal than other steeplecha­ses and fewer than half of the crowded field of 40 horses manage to even complete the race.

Many horses will suffer terrifying falls and get injured as they tumble over the fences.

Animal Aid has been at the forefront of campaignin­g against the racing industry for over two decades.

In 2007, we launched Race Horse Deathwatch, the only public record of the names and details of horses who were killed on all British racecourse­s.

By the end of March 2021, more than 2,200 horses had been killed as a result of racing in Britain. Please don’t back the cruelty. Please don’t bet on the Grand National.

Fiona Pereira, campaign manager, Animal Aid

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