UK Racehorse Deaths – A Updated Tally

Natalie Bennett was challenged by Andrew Marr this morning on an apparent Green Party policy to ban the Grand National. This is not a current Green Party policy. The Green Party instead seeks to improve welfare standards and ban the use of the whip (though there was a motion last conference to ban commercial animal racing which there wasn’t time to debate). Since Andrew Marr appeared scornful of the very idea that the Grand National should be banned I thought worth reblogging this article.


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2007: 135
2008: 184
2009: 154
2010: 145
2011: 157
2012: 143
2013: 131
2014: 161
2015: 22
Total: 1,232 (in 2,901 days)

A racehorse dies every 2.4 days.

(Source: Racehorse Death Watch – the data collection started on 13th March 2007; data correct as at 19th February 2015.)

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One Comment to “UK Racehorse Deaths – A Updated Tally”

  1. If Andrew Marr and others think it is acceptable for their ‘fun’ to include such a risk to animals who don’t have a choice I think other people will find it only reasonable to push for a ban. Much like the dog racing industry, if you don’t clean up your act you will find any decent society will look to restrict or end your cruelty to animals.
    Marr was probably displaying his usual partiality which I hope most people can see though now but any prospect of a ban on animal ‘sports’ just makes me even more determined to support the Green Party.

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