ANIMAL Aid wishes to share some vital information with readers before they place a bet on the Grand National.
Between 1999 and 2009, 30 horses died at the annual three-day meeting. In 2009 alone, five horses were killed - a fact that went largely unreported amid the hype surrounding this event.
As part of Animal Aid's Horse Racing Awareness Week (April 4-10), a graphic billboard has been erected in Liverpool city centre to bring home the grim reality of what happens to thoroughbreds forced to compete in races that confront them with lethal challenges.
Our message is simple: Don't fund the cruelty; don't bet on the Grand National. For you it is only a harmless flutter, but horses could pay with their lives.
FIONA PEREIRA Campaigner
Bradford Street Tonbridge