Animal Aid


Posted 5 April 2001

The following statement has been issued by Animal Aid today:

Today's announcement of the death of Bobbyjo, 1999 winner of the Grand National, comes on the opening of the three-day Aintree meet. It serves as a timely reminder of the heavy price horses must pay for the pleasure and profit of the racing industry and its enthusiasts.

Because racing's governing bodies refuse to disclose key data on equine deaths and injuries - even to racing corespondents - Animal Aid has conducted its own investigation based on a meticulous study of form-books and media articles. The resulting report, Running For Their Lives, reveals that no fewer than 247 horses were raced to their death in the name of entertainment during last year's National Hunt season - that's one horse dead for every 31 who participated.

Eleven year old Bobbyjo shattered the carpal bone behind his near-foreleg during the Grand National Trial Handicap Chase at Fairyhouse in February. He was 'recovering' in a veterinary hospital at the Curragh when he aggravated the injury and was killed on Tuesday.

This week is Animal Aid's Horse Racing Awareness Week. Up and down the country, hardhitting leaflets, showing a horse with a horrific leg injury, are being distributed by Animal Aid activists. The aim is to let the British public know that there is no such thing as a 'harmless flutter' on the Grand National, or any other horse race for that matter.

Said Yvonne Taylor, Animal Aid campaigns co-ordinator:

"The miserable death of Bobbyjo reminds us that everytime someone bets on a race, they are quite literally gambling with horses' lives. There is no such thing as a harmless flutter when it comes to horse racing."

Notes to Editors

  • For more information on Horse Racing Awareness Week contact Yvonne Taylor or Andrew Tyler on 01732 364546.
  • To view the new report, the leaflet and full background notes visit the Animal Aid website .
  • We have an ISDN line for Broadcast-quality interviews.

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