Horrific horse death at first day of the Grand National Festival

Posted on the 13th April 2023

Race horse Envoye Special was killed in the Randox Foxhunters’ Chase at Aintree Racecourse this afternoon, after running loose and falling on the Grand National course.

Since the year 2000, 59 horses have been killed at the three-day Grand National meeting with four horses killed at last year. The current fatality brings that number to a shocking 60 deaths.

Envoye Special’s death at Aintree joins thousands of other horses who have perished on British Racecourses. Since 2001, over 3,000 horses have been killed in jump races alone.

That is why Animal Aid’s campaign to Ban Jump Racing was launched in March this year in order to put a stop to horse suffering.

Aintree continues to be a prolific killer of horses – it adds horses to a never-ending list of deaths that shames British racing.

The racing industry as a whole, including the British Horseracing Authority, the owners, the trainers and the jockeys are responsible for upholding this cruelty – they know the risks, yet they continue to gamble on horses’ lives.

Animal Aid’s Horse Racing Consultant, Dene Stansall

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