Cheltenham 2022 Death Toll Rises to Four

Posted by on March 17, 2022 | Permalink

Shallwehaveonemore, Born Patriot, Mindsmadeup, and Ginto have all died at the Cheltenham Festival this year.

More deaths are likely to follow, as horses used for racing commonly die of fatal injuries such as broken backs or are killed after sustaining broken legs.

At last year’s despicable event, one horse lost his life on the deliberately hazardous racecourse. Another died in the 2020 event.

Spectators must realise that fatal injuries are inherent in horseracing and that their bets fund these deaths.

How Horses Suffer in Racing

Horses bred for greed and speed are pushed beyond their natural abilities and forced to run at breakneck pace. Those who don’t sustain horrific injuries on the track may suffer heart attacks, bleed from their lungs, or develop painful ulcers and other health problems that come from being pushed past their breaking point for human entertainment.

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In some cases, drugs – both legal and illegal – have been administered by trainers and even veterinarians to mask pain so that horses who should be recuperating can be forced to run with injuries, making them worse.

A Survivor’s ‘Life’ After Racing

Even those who make it off the track alive are unlikely to live happily ever after. Every year, thousands of horses – including spent Thoroughbreds and those who don’t “make the grade” – are discarded like used betting slips.

They’re abandoned, neglected, or sold for slaughter, their flesh sold as dog or cat food or as “prime cuts” for human consumption in Europe and Asia.

What You Can Do

Cheltenham isn’t alone when it comes to exploiting horses – 220 horses died across the UK as a result of racing in 2021. Spread the word about this deadly spectacle:

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Please also help spare the lives of horses by urging companies to stop sponsoring the other big and deadly race – the Grand National: