Protect Horses: Cancel the Grand National
As a society, most of us would proudly consider ourselves to be animal lovers. But there are industries that exist and thrive in the UK today that are not displaying this love for animals, and in fact are causing many of them unnecessary and prolonged suffering. Horses forced to compete in events such as the Grand National are made to endure repeated whipping and run in dangerous, “high-risk” events where they may face injury or death. Since 2000, 55 horses have died at the Aintree racecourse, including 15 from the Grand National itself. Despite this, research has shown that the majority of attendees of horseracing events like the Grand National are primarily motivated by the social aspect of the event, rather than anything to do with the races themselves. This means that horses are forced to suffer and risk their lives for a part of the event that most attendees are at best indifferent to. These beautiful animals are simply suffering for tradition - and for the gambling industry.