24 March 2010

Animal Aid to post billboard revealing Grand National horse deaths

Animal Aid, UK's largest animal rights group, will be displaying a street billboard in Liverpool city center on March 29 that reveals the lethal reality of the Aintree Grand National meeting. Since 1999, thirty horses have perished at the world-famous horse race, five horses died during last year’s meet.

“The Aintree three-day meeting is not something for the people of Liverpool to celebrate,” says Andrew Tyler, Director of Animal Aid. “The event’s organisers think that they can kill horses with impunity in the name of ‘sport’. But there is nothing sporting about the Grand National – it embodies everything that is unsporting as well as cruel. When a horse dies, it is not an unfortunate ‘accident’ but a predictable outcome of an event that is unacceptably hazardous for all the equine participants. While the jockeys can select to take part, the horses have no choice – and it is the horses who routinely come to grief, not those who ride them.”

In conjunction with the billboard, Animal Aid has created a website [stopkillinghorses.com] where visitors can view a 90-second film which shows the reality of deaths on British racetracks.

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Photo Credit: stopkillinghorses.com