The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)
Enthusiasm for Ascot not shared
SIR, – The Queen has described Ascot as “one of Britain’s finest sporting occasions and a highlight of the racing calendar” (P&J “Who said it”, June 17).
As in the past decade 25 horses have lost their lives on or off the track at Ascot racecourse, I cannot share her enthusiasm.
Causes of death have included fractured pasterns, fetlocks, cannon bones, pelvises and legs.
Pushed to breaking point – perhaps exacerbated by abuse of the whip – others have collapsed and died during or after the race.
Racing causes the death of about 200 horses annually in the UK – yet another example of animals suffering to entertain humans. I can find nothing “fine” about it. Myrna R Forrester, Springfield Road, Aberdeen