We shouldn’t bet on the Grand National
Dear Ed... We should all take a moment to consider what our money may be funding when we have a flutter on the Grand National.
Between 2000 and 2010, 31 horses died at the annual three-day meeting at Aintree. In 2010 alone, five horses were killed, a fact that went largely unreported amid the hype surrounding the Grand National.
The punishing event is Britain’s longest horse race, four miles and 856 yards where the horses have to jump 30 formidable obstacles, some with perilous drops, ditches and sharp turns.
It is an excessively crowded field with 40 horses, adding to the risk of collisions and falls.
Horse racing is funded by punters’ betting money and racecourse attendance fees.
You may also want to watch:
Animal Aid’s message is simple: don’t fund the cruelty by not betting on the Grand National. It may only a harmless flutter, but horses could pay with their lives.
- 1 The Queen lends her name to Royal London’s emergency Covid wards
- 2 Police hunt after stabbing in Cable Street: One man hurt
- 3 No injuries but 20 rescued as firefighters tackle Limehouse blaze
- 4 Death of woman, 75, in Mile End fire could have been avoided
- 5 Police raid cannabis factory near Liverpool Street station: 2 arrests
- 6 Airbnb house party violence leaves police officer with broken finger
- 7 Doctors urge Tower Hamlets mayor to end support for Silvertown Tunnel
- 8 Teenager found dead in Victoria Park
- 9 Tribute to 7th Barts Health Trust worker to die of Covid-19
- 10 Driver arrested after police 'drugs patrol' stops car in Whitechapel
Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 1AW