Horses have died at the Grand National Festival in 17 out of the last 19 years. This unethical spectacle is a national disgrace, yet ITV is still broadcasting it.
At 4.5 miles, the headline Grand National race is one of the longest and most hazardous in the world – the high risk factor is what makes it famous. Almost every year, horses lose their lives during the three-day Grand National Festival, sustaining horrific and often fatal injuries at notorious fences such as The Chair, Becher's Brook, and Canal Turn. Every time that horses are forced to jump these excessively high obstacles, it puts tremendous pressure on their slender front legs, leading to broken legs, necks, and backs.
When they get too old or stop performing well enough to be profitable, they're often sent to slaughter. Approximately 1,000 horses from the racing industry are killed in abattoirs in Britain every year and turned into dog food or cheap meat, while others face horrific live-export journeys to Europe.
By broadcasting and promoting the Grand National, ITV is complicit in animal abuse and suffering. Please take a stand for horses today and ask ITV Chair Sir Peter Bazalgette not to broadcast this cruel event.