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On Saturday, April 9 many Sheffield people, a lot with no other interest in horse racing, will go out and have their annual flutter on the Grand National at Aintree.

Just as routine is the annual carnage that goes with this. Last year five horses died over the three-day meeting. Some die from heart attacks after the race is over.

A particular danger in the National is that so many frightened horses that have already taken a fall, try by instinct to stay with rest of the herd. They swerve to avoid fences, often bringing down more horses that are still being driven by their jockeys.

Horse death is a foregone conclusion of this cruel race meeting. In the first three months of this year, 51 horses have already lost their lives on UK tracks.

This year, think about whether you want to support this cruel spectacle before placing your bets.

Dawn Biram, S17

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