MILLIONS of people will now be aware that two horses died in the 2011 Grand National race.

Ornais broke his neck and Dooneys Gate broke his back. Another horse, Inventor, was killed on the Thursday of the event.

Since 2000, 34 horses have been killed at the three-day Aintree meeting, with 20 of them dying on the Grand National course itself.

The Grand National race is deliberately hazardous.

A dangerously overcrowded field of 40 horses is forced to confront 30 extraordinarily challenging and treacherous jumps, over a gruelling course of four and a half miles. In the 2011 Grand National, just 19 of the 40 horses completed the event, and two were killed in horrific falls.

Years of modifications to the course have failed to prevent fatalities and there is now a huge level of outrage being voiced against this sickening spectacle.

Readers who wish to learn more about the campaign can visit Animal Aid’s website at

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