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Posted on the 13th June 2016
More than 100,000 people* have signed a joint Care2/Animal Aid petition calling for an independent inquiry into horse deaths at Royal Ascot.
The petition will be presented to Ascot Racecourse management at the gates of the Royal Enclosure by two visually stunning ‘Spectres of Death’ on Thursday of Royal Ascot.
Press Call: 12 noon on Thursday 16th June 2016
In recent years, Ascot Racecourse has had the worst fatality record of any flat (turf) racecourse in Britain. And, contrary to other dual purpose racecourses, more horses have died on the flat at Ascot than on its jumps course.
In 2014, four horses died at the Royal June meeting and yet no statement was made public as to the reason why they perished – other than a brief description of their injuries. Another horse was destroyed in 2015.
Says Animal Aid’s Horse Racing Consultant, Dene Stansall:
‘Royal Ascot may be billed as racing’s premier event but it has a shocking record of fatalities in recent years. Animal Aid is delighted to be working alongside Care2 on this important issue. Through the petition, we’ve seen massive public demand for an independent review of horse deaths. The strength of feeling against racing is growing ever greater and is something that racing must recognise.’
* 103, 274 at 9am Monday 13 June 2016