PETA tell Aintree pub to replace Grand National with hobby horse races

Animal rights activists PETA tell Aintree pub they should show hobby horse racing instead of the Grand National

  • Vegan activists told The Queens Arms not to show Grand National horse racing
  • Rights group PETA suggested popular Aintree pub show hobby horses instead
  • Since 2010, 29 horses have died from race-related causes at the Grand National

Vegan activists have urged a pub not to show the Grand National – and instead put on some hobby horse racing.

Animal rights group PETA urged The Queens Arms near the famous Aintree racecourse to televise the barmy stick-based sport instead of the iconic horse race to be held on Saturday.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have branded the major horseracing event ‘cruel and antiquated’.

It penned an open letter to the pub near Liverpool, they asked for bosses to get punters to bet on ‘willing, human racers’ instead of horses.

Animal rights group PETA urged The Queens Arms near the famous Aintree racecourse to televise the barmy stick-based sport instead of the iconic horse race to be held on Saturday

Instead, the rights group wants the popular pub to televise the barmy stick-based sport

The Queens is popular with racegoers before the showpiece race every year.

An employee of the popular boozer told MailOnline they were ‘blindsided’ by the request but did not wish to comment further. 

PETA Director Elisa Allen said: ‘You can make a compassionate statement by betting on willing, enthusiastic, human racers instead.

PETA Director Elisa Allen said: ‘You can make a compassionate statement by betting on willing, enthusiastic, human racers instead’

‘Pub-goers can still enjoy a drink and socialise with friends, knowing that their day of fun did not cause suffering or death for any other sentient beings.

‘No one would be raising a glass if cats or dogs were the ones being whipped and forced to jump dangerous obstacles.

‘Shattering their ankles, snapping their necks, and being shot in the head right on the track.

Since 2010, 29 horses have died from race-related causes at the Grand National

‘Horses deserve no less sympathy.’

Hobby horse racing – which sees enthusiasts act out horse racing, riding wooden sticks stuffed with toy horses – is immensely popular in parts of Europe, with a huge following in online communities.

In 2019, some 2,500 spectators flocked to Finland for the Finnish Hobbyhorse Championships, in which participants show-jumped, barrel-raced, and pranced in a dressage competition.

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