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Charity shocked by Grand National deaths

16 April 2012

A leading animal welfare charity has described today’s Grand National as “complete carnage” and is calling for drastic changes to the way the race is run.

Two horses were fatally injured at Aintree and there were numerous which fell before they reached the finish line. Synchronised and According to Pete both had to be destroyed, putting the total number of deaths at the Grand National at 22 in just 12 years.

Chief Executive of the League Against Cruel Sports Joe Duckworth said he was “shocked and saddened” by today’s (Saturday 14th April) events. The charity is calling for comprehensive changes to the course to increase safety and improve welfare. Mr Duckworth said: “Today’s race was complete carnage with horses falling all over the place. The Grand National has had its day and the time has come to put horse welfare first. Event organisers promised improvements after last year’s two deaths yet here we are one year on witnessing exactly the same horror. Serious questions must be asked over the future of the event.”

One other horse died at Aintree on Thursday as the Grand National weekend got underway while just a few weeks ago five horses were killed during the Cheltenham Festival.

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