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Four horses are killed in a single weekend of racing

Posted 20 July 2009

Another four race horses were killed at the weekend (18-19 July). Their deaths received no mention in the newspaper racing columns and would remain hidden were it not for Animal Aid’s online database, Deathwatch.

On Saturday 18 July at Market Rasen, seven-year-old Falpiase and six-year-old Stellenbosch both pulled up lame and were subsequently destroyed. Newton Abbot, which featured in Animal Aid’s second Deathwatch report for having the greatest number of Thoroughbred fatalities out of all 60 British racecourses, saw two more horses killed on Sunday’s ‘Family Day’. Olay Olay, a nine-year-old gelding, severed a tendon and was destroyed. Heathfield Flyer, another gelding of the same age, finished his race, but the subsequent discovery of an injury meant that he was also killed.

Please urge your MP to sign EDM 285, which calls for the government action on: the overproduction of race horses; their destruction in slaughterhouses and in racing yards; and the ‘alarming’ number of horses killed on racecourses.

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