As the Grand National is underway, sad news that yet another horse has died.
Up For Review, a 10-year-old horse, died after falling at the Grand National at Aintree. According to the Independent, the horse was “writhing” in pain and had to be “quickly put down.” The day before, another two horses died.
The British Horseracing Authority reported last year that the number of competitive racing deaths was up to a six-year high of 201 deaths.
Actor and animal activist, Ricky Gervais, turned to Twitter asking “why would you gamble with a horse’s life for fun?”
Other animal rights groups also slammed the races.
The RSPCA released a statement saying they were “deeply saddened and very concerned” that three horses have died this year.
“The death of just one horse is one too many; so there is clearly a need for urgent action to reduce the risk of these tragedies occurring. We will do all we can to work alongside the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) to explore the action required to prevent future injuries and deaths.”