12 April 2015
Mark Dawes from Waltham Forest and Redbridge Green Party joined the demonstration outside Channel 4 against the Grand National as the race took place on Saturday April 11th. Channel 4 support the Grand National by broadcasting the race.
The demonstration was organised by the animal rights organisation Animal Aid and London Animal Rights and called on Channel 4 to stop their coverage of this cruel event. The course is still potentially lethal to horses and sadly there were two fatalities – Seedling and Balder Succes– at the event. The Grand National is still five times more lethal to horses than other jump races with the last two decades being the most dangerous in the race’s history.
“It is time this cruel race was ended” said Mark Dawes of Waltham Forest and Redbridge Green Party, “The suffering of animals should not be a source of entertainment”.