FAACE Grand National demonstration 2013

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The annual Anti-Grand National demonstration organized by Merseyside based Fight Against Animal Cruelty in Europe (FAACE) in co-operation with other groups will take place on the day of theGrand National, Saturday 6th April from 11.00 to 14.00, opposite the main entrance to the Aintree Racecourse on the A59. This is in front of the Aintree railway station entrance.

Following the death of two horses in 2011, cosmetic changes were made to the fences. This did not prevent the deaths Of ‘According To Pete’ and ‘Synchronised’ in the 2012 Grand National.

For the 2013 race, further minor changes to the fences have been made. The start will be 90 yards nearer the first fence so the horses will not be travelling as fast when they hit it, but as the field has not been reduced 40 horses will arrive at the same time. Another possible recipe for disaster!

While thousands will dress up, with a massive police presence, and have a mega drunken party, beautiful horses will get injured and die right in front of them. After the last two years’ PR-disasters, when TV pictures finally revealed the truth about the Grand National, the organizers have desperately tried to put the public’s mind at ease.

Tony Moore, FAACE chairman says: ‘The general public should not fall for this desperate PR-spin, but join the demo outside Aintree racecourse. In the past 16 years 18 horses have died in the Grand National. This means that as there are 40 runners the odds are less than 40-1 that your horse will die. Would I risk a loved one’s life at those odds? I don’t think so, but for the racing fraternity love of money and vanity take over. Poor horse you are disposable collateral in the business of horseracing.’

‘What is needed is a radical rethink for the safety of the horses. Not a tinkering at the edges to kid the general public into thinking that all will be well.’


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