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Two horses dead in the Scottish Grand National

Posted 16 April 2011

One week after the death of two horses in the Aintree Grand National, two more have been killed in the Scottish equivalent, which took place at Ayr this afternoon (16 April 2011). Ten-year-old Regal Heights collapsed and died after crossing the finishing line, while 8-year-old Minella Four Star was pulled up and died from internal bleeding. The 4 mile Scottish Grand National featured a crowded field of 28 horses who were confronted by 27 four-foot-six inch fences.

Says Animal Aid Horse Racing Consultant Dene Stansall:

‘The majority of the British public were shocked and distressed at the death of two horses at the punishing Aintree event. Now, two more have been killed at its Scottish equivalent – a race that is also designed to test horses to their physical limits. One hundred and eighty three horses have been killed on British racecourses since March 2010. That so much animal suffering and destruction should take place in the name of sport is quite simply unjustifiable. Responsibility for the welfare of horses in British racing lies with the British Horseracing Authority. This self-regulating body has conspicuously failed in this important duty. It is time to strip the BHA of those powers and for steps to be taken to afford proper protection for race horses.’

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