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ANIMAL AID CONDEMNS BLOODBATH AT OPENING OF GRAND NATIONAL MEET
Posted 6 April 2000
In the light of the bloodbath during the opening hours of the three-day Grand National meet, Animal Aid is calling for a media and sponsorship boycott of the event.
Two out of just four runners perished in the Martell Cup, run over the punishing Mildmay course. Strong Promise broke his neck. Lake Kariba suffered a heart attack shortly after completing the course. Within little more than an hour, another horse died from spinal injuries in the Martell Fox Hunters Chase, a two mile six furlongs race run over the Grand National course. All the riders in the Martell event were fox hunting amateur riders.
Even more tragedies appeared to be unfolding during the subsequent races.
The deaths reinforce the message of Animal Aid's first Horse Racing Awareness Week - organised to undercut support for the Grand National meet and to impress upon the public the brutal reality of their so-called 'harmless flutter'.
The Grand National and associated races are immense money earners, thanks to media hype and support from high powered sponsors. It is now time for all those responsible for promoting the event to withdraw their support. The alternative is yet more needless suffering and death. Virtually every year the three-day event results in horses breaking their necks, backs, legs and suffering heart attacks. These consequences are both predictable and avoidable. It is now time to call an end to the National meet.
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