Horseracing in the news

As an Early Day Motion is tabled in Parliament bringing attention to the issues surrounding racehorse breeding in the UK, the Australian state of Victoria has decided to ban steeplechasing and hurdle racing by 2010 following the deaths of twenty horses in two years.

The League’s position has always been clear, and the following two paragraphs are our policy on animal trials by endurance and obstacles:

The League considers a race or course of four and a half miles over large and difficult fences to be too long and gruelling for most horses. The high number of fatalities on the course at Aintree and as a result of having run in the Grand National, makes it clear that unnecessary suffering is being caused for sport. The League believes that horses should be used only in races and events that are well within their own capacity and that of their riders.

Hunting with hounds is often associated with riding to hounds. Where a horse is deliberately put at risk by being ridden at a dangerous obstacle or by an inexperienced rider, the League believes that it should be an offence to recklessly endanger that horse for sport or entertainment, and that animal welfare law should provide for prosecutions where horses are deliberately exposed to severe conditions for sport or in the furtherance of sport.

Read more on our greyhound racing campaign here, and on our other campaigns here.

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