Ban the Grand National

Animal Aid does not support horse racing in any form. Aligned with this, we are the leading campaign group that calls for a ban on the world’s most dangerous horse race, the Grand National.

The Grand National is a deliberately perilous horse race that is staged at Aintree Racecourse in England. It’s run over a stamina sapping four-and-a quarter miles and has 30 hazardous fences that, the 40 horses who take part, are forced to jump. Throughout its history the race has been infamous for killing horses.

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is responsible for race horse welfare but has failed to curb the number of fatalities at the course, as well as at other racecourses across Great Britain. In an ongoing campaign, Animal Aid has asked the government for the BHA to be replaced with an independent body that would take meaningful action to stop horses from losing their lives.

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