Ban the Grand National

The Grand National is a deliberately hazardous race. Since 2000, 37 horses have died on the Grand National course and, over the course of the three-day meeting, 55 horses have been killed in that same period.

At the root of the problem is racing’s regulator, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA). It is responsible for race horse welfare but has failed to curb the number of fatalities in racing. 2018 saw a sharp increase in horse deaths in Britain, with the highest death rate since 2014. It’s time 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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