Grand National : The Sad Side

600 million people watched Grand National today. It is one of the biggest horse racing event in the world. I watched it a bit, the last part where there were no falls. Then I read the report that two horses had been died today. I was shocked. Horse racing is not a safe thing to do for the horses. But the Grand National is probably the worst. Five horses died in 2009 and the similar numbers in the following year. This year the number is 3(2 today and 1 yesterday) Why we have to watch and enjoy something where we have to take the risks of killing some innocent animals? I know these horses are bred purely for racing purposes. I know they wouldn’t even exist if they are not for races. I know they live the best of their lives while they are alive and performing well. But still, why can’t we have a race (if we have to) where there is no or less risk of fatality. The pleasure of watching a race is gone the next moment when you hear about these sad deaths. Entertainment does not need to cost lives of some innocent horses. If it does, I don’t need entertainment.

The horses are:

  • Ornais
  • Dooney’s Gate
  • Inventor

RIP, you guys. I am ashamed to be a so called educated, knowledgeable, kind and posh human being.