Animal Aid


Posted 2 April 2002
Around 4000 horses leave racing every year

Animal Aid calls for the Royals to set up a horse fund in the Queen Mother's name

Animal Aid has today written to Prince Charles suggesting that a fund for retired racehorses be established in memory of his late grandmother, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

The Queen Mother was a devoted fan of jump racing, enjoying nearly 500 winners from the time an eight-year-old called Monaveen first wore her racing silks in 1949.

Every year, around 4000 horses leave racing. Many endure a downward spiral of neglect. Others are slaughtered for pet food. The racing industry currently provides just £200,000 a year for the care of retired animals in a scheme that is less than two years old. This is enough merely to 'retrain' just 50 horses. Animal Aid estimates that at least £5 million annually is required to provide for the animals most in need at the end of their careers.

In his letter to Prince Charles, Animal Aid director Andrew Tyler comments:

'Your grandmother obtained so much pleasure and satisfaction from jump racing. A Queen Mother Fund for Retired Racehorses would be a marvellous and fitting memorial.'

Animal Aid will be staging a large-scale demonstration at this Saturday's Grand National, with protesters coming from around the country. It will be the first major demo in memory to be organised by a national animal rights group at the Aintree course.

In the run-up to the protest, there will be dozens of betting shop demonstrations around the country. One Foot in the Grave star, Richard Wilson, has added his support to the Animal Aid protests, and messages of encouragement have been received from animal protection groups in Germany, Spain, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Russia and Italy.

See Horse Racing Awareness Week for the full background.

Notes to Editors

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