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Sanctuary Not Cruelty
Posted 23 March 2012
Animal Aid's Horse Racing Awareness Week (8-14 April 2012) takes place in the seven days leading up to the country's most famous race, the Grand National.
New for 2012 is the launch of our Sanctuary Not Cruelty initiative. The campaign is aimed both at individuals who visit bookmakers, and at workplace sweepstakes, offering those who are concerned about the National a positive alternative to simply betting or boycotting. Instead of supporting animal cruelty, we are asking people to help two specialist sanctuaries that rescue horses – including ex-racehorses – and are in need of financial assistance.
Last year’s Grand National was typically brutal, with television coverage of the sickening deaths of two horses, and the winning horse, Ballabriggs, being thrashed to the line.
As well as Sanctuary Not Cruelty, we will be holding a series of high-profile media events, including a protest on the day of the race. Please try to get involved with Horse Racing Awareness Week and order campaign leaflets and posters now. Or, if you hold a sweepstake at work, please ask your colleagues to raise much-needed funds for rescued animals instead.
- Watch our powerful new 7-minute film on the Grand National, and post it to your Facebook, Google+, twitter and myspace pages (warning: viewers may find the footage upsetting)
- Order a Horse Racing Awareness Week pack
- Find out more details of our campaign at our Ban the Grand National website