Vegans and veggies call for Worcester Racecourse closure after three horse deaths this month

Vegans and veggies at a PAST protest outside Worcester Racecourse

Vegans and veggies at a PAST protest outside Worcester Racecourse

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VEGANS and veggies have called for the closure of Worcester Racecourse following the death of three horses there in a single month,

Worcester Vegans & Veggies, who have mounted protests outside the racecourse in the past, are now stepping up calls for more to be done but a racecourse spokesperson said the safety of both horses and jockeys was 'paramount'.

Vegans and veggies communications officer Ronald Lee said: "The three horses that were destroyed were Casey Ryback, a five-year old gelding who fell and broke a foreleg on July 16, Italian Legace, a nine-year old gelding who was brought down and badly injured on July 23 and Secret Beau, a four year old gelding who was pulled up after suffering serious injury on July 29.

"The racecourse has always been one of the worst in the country for horses being killed, but now it appears to have got even worse than ever with these three horses losing their lives in rapid succession and we want it closed as soon as possible to prevent further suffering and slaughter.

"These latest deaths mean that 36 horses have lost their lives on the course since fatalities started being recorded in 2007. We would like the racecourse turned into a positive and useful amenity, such as a public park or an area for human sporting activity, so that no horses can ever be killed there again."

A spokesman for Arena Racing Company, which manages the racecourse, said: “Equine welfare is a top priority at Worcester Racecourse as it is at all British racecourses. Of course we regret any serious incidents that occur and always express our sympathies to the connections of the horse concerned.

"The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is the Government recognised body responsible for the regulation of Horseracing. Together with recognised welfare charities the RSPCA and World Horse Welfare, BHA is a leading signatory of the National Equine Welfare Protocol. The highest standards of horse welfare are demanded of all jockeys, trainers and racecourses and none of the 1,450 fixtures held annually in Britain can take place unless key BHA equine welfare criteria have been satisfied.

“As with any equine activity, Racing is a sport that carries risk, and as with any equine activity that risk can never be entirely eliminated. British Racing is open and transparent about the risks involved. From around 90,000 runners each year the average fatality rate is just 0.2 per cent, a figure which has decreased by 33 per cent in the last fifteen years.

"In return for this small level of risk, the 14,000 horses in training at any one time are provided with levels of care and a quality of life that is virtually unsurpassed by any other domesticated animal."

She also said the Angel Hotel Pershore Plum Festival Racenight at Worcester Racecourse in aid of Racing Welfare on Tuesday, raising £1,400 for the cause.

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9:57am Thu 31 Jul 14

Bufton Tufton says...

How may of these protesters have leather shoes, purses. wallets, bags etc?
Also you can see from the photo what a mass demonstration this is..................
.......... TEN people !
How to get an issue in the local press? Get a few neighbours together and tell the Worcester News its a demo!!!!!!!!!!!
How may of these protesters have leather shoes, purses. wallets, bags etc? Also you can see from the photo what a mass demonstration this is.................. .......... TEN people ! How to get an issue in the local press? Get a few neighbours together and tell the Worcester News its a demo!!!!!!!!!!! Bufton Tufton
  • Score: 24

10:22am Thu 31 Jul 14

mrloverman says...

Brrrr.......bit over dressed for June aren't they? And all the leaves have fallen off the trees.
Brrrr.......bit over dressed for June aren't they? And all the leaves have fallen off the trees. mrloverman
  • Score: 25

10:27am Thu 31 Jul 14

Bufton Tufton says...

mrloverman wrote:
Brrrr.......bit over dressed for June aren't they? And all the leaves have fallen off the trees.
I noticed that too so where is the photographic evidence that this protest actually took place ?
[quote][p][bold]mrloverman[/bold] wrote: Brrrr.......bit over dressed for June aren't they? And all the leaves have fallen off the trees.[/p][/quote]I noticed that too so where is the photographic evidence that this protest [Vegans and veggies call for Worcester Racecourse closure after three horse deaths THIS month ]actually took place ? Bufton Tufton
  • Score: 24

10:31am Thu 31 Jul 14

Tobster says...

If it weren't for equestrian sports, those horses would never have had a chance of life in the first place.

Sorry guys, but to quote an old episode of The Simpsons; you don't win friends with salad!
If it weren't for equestrian sports, those horses would never have had a chance of life in the first place. Sorry guys, but to quote an old episode of The Simpsons; you don't win friends with salad! Tobster
  • Score: 18

1:25pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Vox populi says...

Or as Peter Kay said "If god didn't want us to eat meat he wouldn't have made animals so tasty."

Really if you have an opinion on these things fine, live your life by it whether it be religion, vegetarianism or dressing up as a smurf.
Nobody cares, that is your right but please accept people like different things, thats what makes the world an interesting place.
Trying to force your opinion on others through protest or preaching at them only annoys. :)
Or as Peter Kay said "If god didn't want us to eat meat he wouldn't have made animals so tasty." Really if you have an opinion on these things fine, live your life by it whether it be religion, vegetarianism or dressing up as a smurf. Nobody cares, that is your right but please accept people like different things, thats what makes the world an interesting place. Trying to force your opinion on others through protest or preaching at them only annoys. :) Vox populi
  • Score: 4

4:15pm Thu 31 Jul 14

sexymamma says...

Haha when did this actually take place? Winter coats etc
Haha when did this actually take place? Winter coats etc sexymamma
  • Score: 2

4:18pm Thu 31 Jul 14

LindaJS says...

As with any sporting activity there is always the risk of the unforseen. Unfortunately, this course is also a flood plain and is in very poor condition compared to other upmarket courses. There are limits to what could be done to improve it as the floods would just come back and destroy it over and over again. I am also a veggie. I do not force my views on others, although I have to tolerate ignorance and scorn from others because of it. I like some equine sports such as horse racing. Maybe it is time for a newer course to be erected elsewhere which would eliminate some more risks to these beautiful creatures.
As with any sporting activity there is always the risk of the unforseen. Unfortunately, this course is also a flood plain and is in very poor condition compared to other upmarket courses. There are limits to what could be done to improve it as the floods would just come back and destroy it over and over again. I am also a veggie. I do not force my views on others, although I have to tolerate ignorance and scorn from others because of it. I like some equine sports such as horse racing. Maybe it is time for a newer course to be erected elsewhere which would eliminate some more risks to these beautiful creatures. LindaJS
  • Score: 3

4:43pm Thu 31 Jul 14

spider666 says...

No salad plants were hurt in the making of this story --well apart from the ones the protestors ate --plants have right to you know ;)
No salad plants were hurt in the making of this story --well apart from the ones the protestors ate --plants have right to you know ;) spider666
  • Score: -2

6:48pm Thu 31 Jul 14

sensiblegeezer says...

Bufton Tufton wrote:
mrloverman wrote:
Brrrr.......bit over dressed for June aren't they? And all the leaves have fallen off the trees.
I noticed that too so where is the photographic evidence that this protest actually took place ?
The banner under the photo, says, "protesters at a PAST protest" !
[quote][p][bold]Bufton Tufton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mrloverman[/bold] wrote: Brrrr.......bit over dressed for June aren't they? And all the leaves have fallen off the trees.[/p][/quote]I noticed that too so where is the photographic evidence that this protest [Vegans and veggies call for Worcester Racecourse closure after three horse deaths THIS month ]actually took place ?[/p][/quote]The banner under the photo, says, "protesters at a PAST protest" ! sensiblegeezer
  • Score: 1

7:06pm Thu 31 Jul 14

sensiblegeezer says...

Of course it is tragic when any horse dies or has to be put down during a race, but how many thousands of horses run regularly, even at Worcester, with no problems. Worcester race course provides employment, and a great deal of pleasure for the many race-goers, some from afar, providing a boost to Worcesters economy.
There have been many people killed on our roads, railways and in plane crashes, so should we ban all these forms of transport, to stop the unnecessary suffering they cause??
Come on lets get things into perspective.
Of course it is tragic when any horse dies or has to be put down during a race, but how many thousands of horses run regularly, even at Worcester, with no problems. Worcester race course provides employment, and a great deal of pleasure for the many race-goers, some from afar, providing a boost to Worcesters economy. There have been many people killed on our roads, railways and in plane crashes, so should we ban all these forms of transport, to stop the unnecessary suffering they cause?? Come on lets get things into perspective. sensiblegeezer
  • Score: -1

7:08pm Thu 31 Jul 14

mrloverman says...

sensiblegeezer wrote:
Bufton Tufton wrote:
mrloverman wrote:
Brrrr.......bit over dressed for June aren't they? And all the leaves have fallen off the trees.
I noticed that too so where is the photographic evidence that this protest actually took place ?
The banner under the photo, says, "protesters at a PAST protest" !
Ha ha ha , its been changed after being pointed out to them!! I especially like how they've placed emphasis on the word PAST, using capital letters to drill the point home. Ooohhhh handbags.
[quote][p][bold]sensiblegeezer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bufton Tufton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mrloverman[/bold] wrote: Brrrr.......bit over dressed for June aren't they? And all the leaves have fallen off the trees.[/p][/quote]I noticed that too so where is the photographic evidence that this protest [Vegans and veggies call for Worcester Racecourse closure after three horse deaths THIS month ]actually took place ?[/p][/quote]The banner under the photo, says, "protesters at a PAST protest" ![/p][/quote]Ha ha ha , its been changed after being pointed out to them!! I especially like how they've placed emphasis on the word PAST, using capital letters to drill the point home. Ooohhhh handbags. mrloverman
  • Score: 1

11:02am Fri 1 Aug 14

Robert Windsor says...

Dear All

Regarding Worcester Racecourse, there are some interesting comments amid some emotion. I have followed the horses for over 50 years and it is always sad when an animal dies. The reported deaths are all from unrelated incidents and follow a random pattern.

Personally I prefer Stratford Races and am no fan of Worcester Racecourse, the facilities are poor and certainly until this year the quality of the racing has been dire due to the very low prize money-remember last years Trainers Strike. The latter is being addressed. to some extent. The key issue is should there be summer jumps racing much of it of very low grade run in unsuitably hot weather on watered ground-which is never as good as natural going-that is a much wider debate.

Walking the course with dog it is obvious that it is not in good condition the flooding is an issue plus the regularity of meetings at this tme of year.

Until 1966 Worcester did stage flat racing and with Warwick deciding to become an all jumps course and giving up its fixtures and there being no other flat courses, maybe Worcester solution to what is in many ways a fairkly unique set of issues would to become a flat course only.
Dear All Regarding Worcester Racecourse, there are some interesting comments amid some emotion. I have followed the horses for over 50 years and it is always sad when an animal dies. The reported deaths are all from unrelated incidents and follow a random pattern. Personally I prefer Stratford Races and am no fan of Worcester Racecourse, the facilities are poor and certainly until this year the quality of the racing has been dire due to the very low prize money-remember last years Trainers Strike. The latter is being addressed. to some extent. The key issue is should there be summer jumps racing much of it of very low grade run in unsuitably hot weather on watered ground-which is never as good as natural going-that is a much wider debate. Walking the course with dog it is obvious that it is not in good condition the flooding is an issue plus the regularity of meetings at this tme of year. Until 1966 Worcester did stage flat racing and with Warwick deciding to become an all jumps course and giving up its fixtures and there being no other flat courses, maybe Worcester solution to what is in many ways a fairkly unique set of issues would to become a flat course only. Robert Windsor
  • Score: 1

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