Suggested email text to people who bet on the Grand National

Below is some suggested text on which you could base an email to your friends or colleagues explaining why they shouldn’t bet on the Grand National:

Dear friends/colleagues/NAME

I am writing to ask you not to place a bet on the Grand National this year.

The Grand National course still presents the kind of perversely hazardous challenge to which no horse should be subjected. Despite Aintree’s most recent highly-publicised safety improvements, during the last ten races on the Grand National course, four horses have perished. It is more by luck than design that no horses were killed during the 2015 Grand National meeting.

The big race itself features a dangerously overcrowded field of 40 horses, who are forced to confront 30 jumps, many of which are extraordinarily demanding and treacherous, over a gruelling distance of nearly four-and-a-half miles. Fewer than half complete the course.

For anyone who does not want to finance a ‘sport’ in which animals routinely lose their lives, there is an alternative: Sanctuary Not Cruelty. Rather than having a ‘flutter’ on the notorious Aintree race, you can donate the money to a specialist horse sanctuary and make a real difference to horse welfare.

For more details of how to help, visit Animal Aid’s website at or contact us for a FREE information pack.

Thank you.


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