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The Grand National

PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 1:27 pm
by whoopsie
I'm just wondering what people's views are on the Grand National and horse racing in general.

It was really distressing to watch on Saturday. Those poor, poor horses. I think it's really cruel. I'm all for them getting excercise, and running like they're supposed to but some of those jumps are awful and cause them to fall (or have heart attacks through fear of jumping them) and break their legs, back, necks etc. The only consolation is that when they do break their neck or back, they die almost instantly, so hopefully not much pain.

I read about the poor horse Dark Ivy, who fell almost vertically. It's so awful. And they just shoot them if they break a leg although they now get them checked by a vet before putting them down but they never used to.

It's so sad :cry:

Re: The Grand National

PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 4:27 pm
by snail
I don't know much about the horse racing industry, but if there is an industry that you disapprove of like this, just make sure you contribute nothing to it financially. Don't make part of the viewing figures, don't bet, and don't support it in any way. If you want to actively protest, have a look at PETA - I'm not mad for them myself, but they often have their finger on the pulse. Animal Aid also run campaigns against horse racing, see here:

I have to say though, not supporting factory farming by not eating meat and animal products, or at least only eating organic, would have a much more significant impact on animal welfare than concerns about horse racing.

Re: The Grand National

PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 2:19 pm
by whoopsie
There are some horrific pictures on that website. :cry: