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Ask Your MP to Back Early Day Motion for Race Horses

Posted 10 October 2012

Adrian Sanders MP has tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) concerning race horse welfare. It calls on the Government to draw up a Code of Practice for all race meetings, under the Animal Welfare Act (2006).

The tabling of the EDM was prompted by public concern over the number of horses killed in the Grand National. The race has a horse fatality rate more than five times higher than other jump races in Britain, according to the industry’s own regulatory body, the British Horseracing Authority. Since 2000, 11 horses have perished during the event and a further 11 while running in other races on the Grand National course.

In last April’s event, the favourite, Synchronised, was killed, as was outsider According To Pete. Two horses also perished in 2011, provoking strong public outrage. Those earlier victims were Ornais and Dooneys Gate.

Public support for the race has declined significantly in recent years, according to NOP opinion polls commissioned by Animal Aid. Most people who expressed a clear opinion in April 2012 said that the race is cruel. In an equivalent 2003 poll, most people thought that the race was not cruel.

The racing industry is largely self-regulated. It is therefore vital that a Code should be drawn up, that would set minimum standards for all horse races in Britain.

Please ask your MP to sign EDM 432 if he or she has not done so already.

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