Horse racing’s disregard for animal life is appalling | Letters

Karen Meek and Anthony Hill write in response to the three horse fatalities at this year’s Aintree festival

Regarding the RSPCA’s call for a review into the deaths of three horses at the Grand National (Over 40 activists de-arrested after Grand National protest, campaign group says, 16 April), isn’t it about time that this self-proclaimed nation of animal lovers stopped supporting so-called sports involving animals?

The unnecessary loss of life at the Grand National and other racing events is appalling. The solution is quite simple. Can the animals consent to the activity that they are being asked to do? If not, then they should not be allowed to do it. It seems immoral that it appears legal for a horse to be forced to enter a race that might kill it.

Perhaps Charles III, a more compassionate monarch, could use his influence to call time on this “sport of kings”.
Karen Meek
Redditch, Worcestershire

• Horses are social animals and enjoy running and jumping with their like. Notice that the majority that fall continue to run alongside the rest. And consider that none of the horses racing would be alive if not for the sport. I cringe when I drive around the countryside and see ponies standing alone in mud‑drenched fields with their heads bowed. Compare that with seeing a racehorse with its ears pricked up and head held high. They have a good life.
Anthony Hill
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

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