Ban the Cruel Grand National Horse Race


Target: John Whittingdale, U.K. Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sports

Goal: Ban the Grand National race which causes several horse deaths each year.

Four horses have already died at this year’s Grand National horse race. The annual event held at the Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool in the U.K. regularly results in serious injuries and deaths for the horses involved. In just the first two days of this year’s Grand National, four horses have sustained fatal injuries and had to be put down.

Over 60 percent of horses bred by the racing industry are considered unfit for racing and sent to slaughter or otherwise discarded. The ones who do make it to the races are whipped, beaten, drugged and forced to race to exhaustion. Many sustain severe injuries to their legs, often from having been forced to train too early, and others suffer from cardiac or respiratory issues. Countless racing horses are killed each year when they sustain injuries or their performance wanes.

Sign this petition urging the government to take horse welfare seriously by banning the Grand National and other horse races around the country.


Dear Mr. Whittingdale,

Four horses have died in the first two days of this year’s Grand National. A sport which features unwilling participants who are whipped to the finish line and put down when their performance wanes is not really a sport, and is a completely unacceptable way of treating sentient beings.

The horse racing industry destroys 60 percent of the animals it breeds before they ever make it to the racecourse. The remaining horses are whipped, beaten, drugged and otherwise mistreated. They are forced to race to exhaustion, sustaining severe injuries for which they are then put down. When horses no longer perform adequately, they are sent to slaughter.

It is high time to put an end to this outdated sport. Please take the welfare of horses seriously and ban the Grand National along with all other horse races.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Celeste H. says:

    How can our world be so ignorant about the treatment of

    • Jacqui Skill says:


  2. Anita Culling says:

    The General public who condone the Grand National do so mostly because they don’t realise the cruelty involved or they close their eyes to it.
    It is cruel just as greyhound racing is.
    Ban the Grand National. It is just something else where animals are abused for greed of

  3. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared. ?

  4. I hate this kind of race for horses, it’s so cruel.
    The magnificent horses how they injure themselves, how they fall, how they are whipped. Seriously they must ban this, like horse riding, horse show, etc. It’s slavery and exploitation and it starts when you put your ass on him/her!

  5. It may be mentioned briefly as a shame that some died in reports but it isn’t assessed a being something that is likely to happen even though this race is renowned for a high incidence of deaths, people claim to be horsey or entranced by these animals but how can this be the case if they are so willing to take part in something that results in the death of these beautiful animals? The pain of the injuries and being destroyed isn’t dwelt on is it just a day at the races and whether they win or not?

  6. Kae Blecha, OTR says:

    This could be a real uphill battle as there’s lots of money involved, and I’m assuming that some of the royals would attend.

  7. This “sport” is incredibly cruel toward the horses. A lot of wealth and power involved in hiding the truth of the tortured animals.
    There is no question that all horse racing is brutal, with the Grand National, in particular.

    Why would anyone think it is acceptable and humane to allow a “sport” in which animals are tortured and die, frequently?! This shows just how sick, demented and monstrous so many humans are.

    The human race is supposed to evolve, showing compassion and empathy–not regress to barbarism of some prehistoric beast!


  9. The worldwide Racing fraternity don’t care about their horses.
    Most are drugged, flogged and if they don’t win races off to the slaughterhouse. Shame on all involved.

  10. Peter Jones says:

    Don’t expect support from the minister, John Whittingdale. He opposed the foxhunting ban. All over the news for relationships with a porn star, a dominatrix, and a selection of young East European women he picked up on his travels with the parliamentary group in those countries. And it’s surfaced that described his constituents as “reprobate oiks”.

    The Grand National is so engrained a fixture, animal-lovers, including horsey ones, overlook the cruelty inherent in it – but unaware of much of it.

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