This week Horse Racing Awareness Week is taking place to make members of the public aware of the suffering and slaughter of horses caused by the racing industry.

Although the event, organised by national animal protection group Animal Aid, is designed to precede the Grand National meeting at Aintree, where 40 horses have died since the year 2000, it's important to remember that every other racecourse in the country is also responsible for the deaths of horses.

Since 2007, 32 horses have died or been put to death at Worcester Racecourse, after suffering appalling injuries such as broken legs and necks.

Around 400 horses are fatally injured on British racecourses every year and well over 10,000 slaughtered annually in the UK and Ireland, after failing to make the grade or when their racing days are over.

People can help put an end to this horrific situation by not attending or betting on horse racing, so this appalling death-industry fades away.

Worcestershire Vegans & Veggies is dedicated to bringing about a more humane society, both in terms of the food we eat and how animals are treated in general. One of our campaigns is for an end to the horse racing industry and the closure of Worcester Racecourse.

Anyone interested in switching to a more humane diet and lifestyle can contacted us at, on 01562 700043 or via our website at

Full information on Horse Racing Awareness Week can be found on the Animal Aid website at

Ronald Lee

Communications Officer

Worcestershire Vegans & Veggies