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China horse welfare fears

Last weekend the pundits, bookies and people involved in horse racing celebrated their winnings literally on the backs of horses in the Grand National.

Little press coverage was given to the horses that suffered appalling injuries and untimely deaths all for the “enjoyment” of mankind.

We are now informed by Minister Simon Coveney that he has brokered a deal with China which will involve sending Irish race horses to China to help establish a horse racing industry in that country. The Chinese reputation for animal welfare is appalling.

The lives and welfare of the Irish horses that will end up in China appear to be of no consequence to our government and the racing industry.

Chris O’Malley


Co Dublin

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