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Response To British Horseracing Authority Statement On The Grand National

“Firstly, we want to offer our deepest condolences to anyone connected to Hill Sixteen, Dark Raven, and Envoye Special or impacted by their deaths. The death of the first horse was precisely what Animal Rising’s actions on Saturday aimed to prevent.

It is a scandal that the British Horseracing Authority cannot acknowledge and accept blame for the horrors of their sport. The fact that neither Envoye Special, Dark Raven, nor Hill Sixteen was mentioned by name in their statement speaks volumes about the importance of these horses to the organisation.

Horse deaths and injuries are an unavoidable consequence of the way we use animals for sport, not dissimilar to the way we cause billions of animal deaths in our food system. The only way to prevent more harm from coming to these beautiful creatures is by completely reevaluating our connection to them and finding a way of loving them that doesn’t harm them.

We’d welcome dialogue with Sandy Thomson or Jimmy Fyffe about how to move forwards together and really transform our relationship with horses and, indeed, with all animals and nature.

In reality, Hill Sixteen's death was entirely caused by the fact that horse racing has never, and can never provide, a safe place for these beautiful creatures to live their lives free from harm. The only way to have prevented their death would've been if they had never run the race in the first place. Horse racing claims to put animal welfare first but if, as they claim, Hill Sixteen was 'hyper' then they should never have been forced to run.

We are facing a climate and ecological crisis, and our fractured relationship with other animals and nature is at the heart of that. Animal Rising is acutely aware of the deaths of animals, not only on racetracks but in our food system too. The real ignorance here is that of continuing to use and exploit animals when we know this doesn't represent who we are as people.

This summer Animal Rising will continue to take action for all life. The only way we’ll stop horses from dying every 2-3 days on racetracks, or the billion for food in The UK, is by transforming our relationship to animals and the natural world.” [1]


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