It's Cheltenham Festival 2017 in the UK and race-goers who love the 'sport' will be tuning in on TV or attending the races, placing bets and having a ball but during our horse racing season many animals will be raced to the death.
Animal lovers will rightly in this blogger's opinion find it hard to assess horse racing as a sport but it is a big money-spinner and as such will continue.
Race Horse Death Watch online keep a tally of animals that have died racing and the figure continues to increase.
In 2015 two fatalities at Cheltenham were soon recorded; Theatre Queen was injured in a fall on March 10 and destroyed; Rolling Star fell on March 11 and also died.
Sadly this is par for the course.
The worst race for horse deaths in the UK can be the Grand National which plays out in April but the Cheltenham festival also has a bad track record.
When you look at details of the deaths on Race Horse death watch you realise that the animals involved in racing are enduring fatal falls way too often.
And the UK is not alone is using and abusing horses in this way.
Lovers of horse racing will disagree and try to spin the situation differently but no person can deny that horses give all they have and often die in the process. For the owners and jockeys there will always be another horse to replace the dead animal.
Those involved in horse racing may by and large treat the animals well but in the end they are treat as a piece of equipment that allows a win and a way to make money not a living creature.
No matter how horse racing is spun animals die before their time and some are abused along the way.
Check out Race Horse Death Watch online for the latest figures.
As of March 12, 2015, the total stood at 1244 deaths in 2922 days, that date is from the watch's creation on March 13, 2007, but March 14, 2017 it reads 1507 deaths in 3,655 days!
[The Gold Cup takes place on the last day of the Festival, the Friday. This year that’s March 17]
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