Against Bullfighting? Then Don’t Bet on the Grand National

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If someone in your office suggested organising a bet on a bullfight, what do you think people’s reaction would be? It would most likely be outrage. After all, how could anyone justify killing animals in the name of entertainment? But that is exactly what will be happening at Aintree on April 14 when the notorious Grand National takes place.

At four and a half miles, it is the longest and most deadly thoroughbred National Hunt race in the world. The Chair, Becher’s Brook and The Canal Turn are among the 30 fences that have claimed many horses’ lives over the years. Last year, less than half of the 40 starters finished the race, and two horses were killed.

The Grand National will never be made “safe” because the intent of organisers is to provide thrill and spills for spectators as horses crash and fall. The animals’ safety is of little concern to them. Of course, the television cameras stay with the front runners – horses who fail to get up quickly have a tarpaulin screen erected around them and are put down out of view.

For the horses taking part that do make it to the end of their “careers”, there is rarely a happy retirement. Horses are valued only when they are bringing in winnings, so the racing industry never has any plan for these animals once they stop making money. Some will simply be shot, and a few will be used in equestrian pastimes if they are still able. Many will be slaughtered, and their flesh exported.

The Grand National makes so much money because so many people who would never dream of placing a bet on a horse race at any other time think they will have a “harmless flutter” on the Grand National or put a few pounds in the office sweepstake. If you know people who are considering placing a bet, please forward this blog to them and ask them to take a look at these images from last year’s race. No matter how much they could win or lose, for so long as they give the ruthless racing industry a single penny, the horses will always pay the ultimate price.


  • Ana María Valencia commented on April 10, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    They born to be free.

  • Brien Comerford commented on April 10, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Further proof of the greed, cruelty and vainglory of inhumane humans. We still exploit, abuse and even kill precious companion animals including horses and dogs.

    • Emily commented on April 19, 2012 at 10:11 pm

      Couldnt agree more Brien!! well said!

  • Rosie Cogan commented on April 13, 2012 at 6:48 am

    Oh I so agree, please don’t get involved in any sweepstakes, I won’t even watch it, their claims of making it safer this year will prove lies, horses will die with the sheer size of the jumps & volume of runners.

  • Beth commented on April 14, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Its barbaric. Two horses died today, we need to do something about this!

  • Sophie commented on April 14, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    I’m so upset that two horses died today, and some idiot just tried to justify this to me.

    • Emily commented on April 19, 2012 at 10:11 pm

      I agree with you sophie I had someone try and do same but then realised they had dug a big hole and had no way of getting out!! barbaric so called “sport” that wants banning sooner than later!!

  • Dawn Blake - Coleman commented on April 22, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Why can’t we bet on human ” SOLO RACING ” Or / and human ” SOLO JUMPING “. Meaning WITHOUT a horse or any other animals. Why do we always have to rely on animals for entertainment, their different to us and competing is through the human riding it, NOT the horse, the horse is forced to compete and never gets the credit of winning, it’s the rider that gets it along with a huge lump some. All the horse gets is shouted at, whipped and forcced to go on running despite his exhaustion, BLOOD and pain. We are a selfish race and GREEDY to win all in the face of entertainment, STATUS, AND ABOVE ALL, FOR MONEY. Isn’t this the REAL truth behind THE GRAND NATIONAL along with all the other BLOOD SPORTS. So if you don’t like blood sports and the rest of it’s kind, then DON’T BET. PUT YOUR MONEY TOWARDS OTHER FAR MORE DESERVING USES AND CAUSES. From a compassionate ANIMAL lover

  • mandy cairns commented on March 30, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    What the hell is Russell Brand a friend of PETA think he is doing by partaking in Alan Carr’s Grand National Specstacular which CELEBRATES the Grand National race coming to channel 4. What kind of vegetarian/vegan would do this. Someone please stop him. I am so disappointed that PETA haven’t tried to intervene here and stop him. He knows what goes on at all horse racing events surely.

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