I was saddened to hear today of the sad loss of lives in the Grand National. Surely the days must be numbered when this kind of unnecessary suffering in these magnificent animals can be allowed to continue, in a country which prides itself on being a Nation of Animal-Lovers? This is yet another example of Tradition being used as an excuse for continued barbaric behaviour. Just because this abuse of horses was deemed permissible in the past, it does not mean it’s permissible now.
It’s time to call an end to ALL abuses of animals in the name of sport. If the Grand National is to continue, the health and safety requirements for the animals involved must be radically revised, to protect them against unnecessary injury and death. If this cannot be done, the race must join bear-baiting and cock-fighting in the annals of history.
(founder of the Save-Me campaign).