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AIBU to beg you not to bet on the Grand National? It's animal abuse.

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hhorvath Sat 08-Apr-17 16:25:34

Please think about what you're condoning.

"It’s time for the Grand National again – that curious time of year when people who claim to like horses gather to exploit them, often hurting and killing them in the process.

Since 2000, 48 horses have died at the annual festival that the National is part of. Others have suffered horribly with broken backs, necks or legs, severed tendons, or heart attacks. This is the reality of British horse racing."

If you use this as entertainment, the blood of murdered horses is on your hands as well.

Would you bet on a race where human beings fell and broke their legs or necks and had to be shot? At least they would have consented. Horses cannot consent to this life.

Would you be "fine" with it as long as it hadn't happened since 2012, despite horses dying after the race from their injuries since then?

Please don't be dazzled by the so-called glamour of this bloodsport.

LookAtTheFlowersKerry Sat 08-Apr-17 16:27:22

I agree with this 100%. It's barbaric.

Trifleorbust Sat 08-Apr-17 16:27:38

YANBU. I'd love to bet but it is cruel.

IamAporcupine Sat 08-Apr-17 16:28:30

Agree 100%

BonnyScotland Sat 08-Apr-17 16:28:48

I've placed a bet ... as have my kids and husband... x

Fruitcocktail6 Sat 08-Apr-17 16:29:19

YANBU, I will not participate in any way.

Snap8TheCat Sat 08-Apr-17 16:29:26

It starts in less than an hour, probably a bit late now.

Wando1986 Sat 08-Apr-17 16:29:39

It's much less cruel than eating a chicken or a frying off a nice tasty steak. YABU. Sod off.

Birdsgottaf1y Sat 08-Apr-17 16:29:51

An average of three horses per national race meeting dies.

However, changing the Specism that most people apply, is an impossible fight.

The same people who bet on the races boo-hoo over the 'dog festivals' and bull fighting, not to mention the one Gorilla that had to be shot.

StillDrivingMeBonkers Sat 08-Apr-17 16:31:01

Betting is not abusive.

hhorvath Sat 08-Apr-17 16:31:05

Wando I'm vegan. So I don't do either.

hhorvath Sat 08-Apr-17 16:31:33

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CocoTart Sat 08-Apr-17 16:32:02

We all love the national. My entire family put a bet on, even the kids and we all get together to watch it while having a little party.

Not planning on stopping, although I do understand others are against it.

SpreadYourHappiness Sat 08-Apr-17 16:32:11

I'm not betting on it, but it's not animal abuse. In 2013 they changed the fences to make them safer, and no horses have died at the Grand National since then.

All this hysteria is ridiculous.

hhorvath Sat 08-Apr-17 16:32:21

Still I guess watching child porn isn't abusive then, as you're not directly doing it, just causing demand?

Emerald123 Sat 08-Apr-17 16:32:32

100%agree. I won't be on animal abuse.

hhorvath Sat 08-Apr-17 16:32:49

It's sad that people would raise children to think that it's okay to exploit animals.

Verticalvenetianblinds Sat 08-Apr-17 16:33:06

Oh fuck off. Don't be so preachy about something you know so little about. Yabu and goady.
Why have I just read a thread about eating meat and now this? We must be bored of criticising parenting and mil's so moved onto animal cruelty.

EatSpamAmandaLamb Sat 08-Apr-17 16:33:49

Are you ethical in all elements of your life? I find many (not all) people who shove their vegan ways down the throats of people they don't know tend to have dubious shopping lists containing plants, oils and clothing air freighted across the world and made or picked by humans paid a pittance.

hhorvath Sat 08-Apr-17 16:34:15

All this hysteria is ridiculous

I rather think that the ridiculous ones are those who are hysterically excited to watch a load of abused animals race round a track for the sake of making grotesque amounts of money for a few people without consciences.

hhorvath Sat 08-Apr-17 16:34:55

EatSpam Nice deflection. It's easy to attack people who are actually making an effort than to look at your own life.

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SpreadYourHappiness Sat 08-Apr-17 16:35:17

You're coming from a place of ignorance.

klondikecookie Sat 08-Apr-17 16:36:12

Horse racing is gross, YANBU.

EatSpamAmandaLamb Sat 08-Apr-17 16:37:17

I didn't say I take part in the betting, I just asked if you're ethical in every area of your life. Not deflection.

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