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Suggested letter to local paper about Grand National

Below is a suggested letter to the editor on which you could base your own letter to your local newspaper

Dear Editor

The deaths of two horses – Ornais and Dooneys Gate – in the 2011 Grand National caused a national outcry, after images of Ornais’ tarpaulin-covered corpse were accidentally screened on television. Ornais broke his neck and Dooneys Gate broke his back. Another horse, Inventor, was killed on the Thursday of the 2011 Grand National event.

The Grand National race is deliberately hazardous. A dangerously overcrowded field of 40 horses is forced to confront 30 extraordinarily challenging and treacherous jumps, over a gruelling course of four-and-a-half miles. In the 2011 Grand National, just 19 of the 40 horses completed the event. Since 2000, 34 horses have been killed at the three-day Aintree meeting, with 20 of them dying on the Grand National course itself.

There is little hope that recently announced changes to the course will be any more successful at reducing the risks to horses than have previous adaptations, and there is now a huge level of outrage being voiced against this sickening spectacle.

Readers who wish to learn more about the campaign to Ban the Grand National – including a short film about the big race – can visit Animal Aid’s website at

Yours faithfully

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