‘Ask your MP to back Early Day Motion for Race Horses’

Posted on October 10, 2012


Today (10th October), Animal Aid posted an item on their web-site titled ‘Ask your MP to back Early Day Motion for Race Horses’.

‘… Adrian Sanders MP has tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) concerning race horse welfare. It calls on the Government to draw up a Code of Practice for all race meetings, under the Animal Welfare Act (2006).

The tabling of the EDM was prompted by public concern over the number of horses killed in the Grand National. The race has a horse fatality rate more than five times higher than other jump races in Britain, according to the industry’s own regulatory body, the British Horseracing Authority. Since 2000, 11 horses have perished during the event and a further 11 while running in other races on the Grand National course.

In last April’s event, the favourite, Synchronised, was killed, as was outsider According To Pete. Two horses also perished in 2011, provoking strong public outrage. Those earlier victims were Ornais and Dooneys Gate.

Public support for the race has declined significantly in recent years, according to NOP opinion polls commissioned by Animal Aid. Most people who expressed a clear opinion in April 2012 said that the race is cruel. In an equivalent 2003 poll, most people thought that the race was not cruel.

The racing industry is largely self-regulated. It is therefore vital that a Code should be drawn up, that would set minimum standards for all horse races in Britain.

Please ask your MP to sign EDM 432 if he or she has not done so already.

Early Day Motion 432: SAFETY OF RACEHORSES

That this House recognises the important role horseracing has long played in Britain’s sporting and cultural life and that the industry’s reputation and future financial health could be damaged by growing public concern about the welfare of horses entered into Aintree’s annual Grand National event; notes that the race, according to figures published by the British Horseracing Authority, is more than five times more lethal to horses than the average British jump race; further notes that a recent NOP opinion poll found that the majority of respondents now regard this long and punishing event as cruel; and calls on the Government to bring forward an additional Code of Practice under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 that would resolve the problems of the Grand National by applying minimum horse welfare standards to all races in Britain, after having considered matters such as the number and hazardous nature of fences, and the number of horses permitted to enter each event …’

Read the item at www.animalaid.org.uk/h/n/NEWS/news_horse//2759//

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