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Old 06-04-2013, 08:13
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How about we put down the little ***** that running those poor horses into the ground. can't stand this bullshit.


I love this girl and knew she was passionate about horses and animals, however I have never heard her swear. That isn't normal for Leona.

I think I love her even more now.
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Old 06-04-2013, 08:31
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Im also surprised about the language but I totally agree with her about this cruel race! :
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:01
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Well said Leona, she has received so much flack (some very disgusting) from twitter about saying this, but good for her, sticking up for her beliefs.
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:05
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Totally agree with her.

It's just pure cruel now. I hate it.
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:06
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While I agree, are we sure someone didn't just hack into her account? Sounds very unlike her.
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:35
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I used to think it was a bit of fun but after last year I want nothing more to do with it. Very upsetting when any of the horses are killed.
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:41
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Whilst I commend her concern, she (and others) should remember one small fact if we 'banned horse racing', which is basically the prevailing argument, not purely the Grand National, as squick-worthy as it is.

Who is going to look after the hundreds of thousands of highly-strung, highly-trained sporting racehorses...who then have not the purpose they were bred for for hundred of years? That can then not compete and be trained (providing industry jobs, etc)?

Will they all be able to be kept as pets in nice fields? How many extra police horses do we need in a cutback world? Maybe we could send them for showjumping because there's a huge call for overloading another specialist sport with yet more horses that are unnecessary. Not.

Or do you think if we 'ban' racing many more of them are going to be ending up in your packed salad or fish and chips because nobody can afford to keep animals with no income/professional future? Does anyone give any thought to that apart form me?

Just something to think about in the long term, which people seem to forget. Horse racing, paradoxically keeps these animals going for their long term future survival.
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:45
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Nice to see her passionate about something. Like her more now.
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:52
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I thought she was so boring, this has certainly livened her up a bit. As much as I hate seeing them killed I agree with wilehelmas points. It's certainly not as black and white as just banning it.
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Old 06-04-2013, 11:07
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Racehorses are the most pampered animals you will ever come across. They are certainly not mistreated. Their trainers and jockeys love them. They in luxury with heated stables, swimming pools, the best vets in the world and physios (I am 100% serious, they live better than some humans I know of!).
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Old 06-04-2013, 11:10
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Racehorses are the most pampered animals you will ever come across. They are certainly not mistreated. Their trainers and jockeys love them. They in luxury with heated stables, swimming pools, the best vets in the world and physios (I am 100% serious, they live better than some humans I know of!).
Until they pass their prime and end up in a Tesco burger
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Old 06-04-2013, 11:11
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Its very sad though I cannot ever watch this as last time I did I was 5 or 6 and the vision of a house fitting live on TV after being crushed haunted me for weeks. That poor animal

Its not cool.
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Old 06-04-2013, 11:12
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Until they pass their prime and end up in a Tesco burger
They only get put down if they are badly injured. Most of them live out their lives in retirement.
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Old 06-04-2013, 11:41
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I agree with her. They should stop doing it . Horses will jump in the wild but only if it can't be avoided. They shouldn't be forcing them to jump these great big jumps. It's cruel.
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Old 06-04-2013, 12:13
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Maybe we should ban dangerous pastimes like Mountaineering because it is dangerous to humans as on numerous occasions it causes fatalities?

In a nutshell, I strongly disagree with Leona's viewpoint for the simple fact on the numerous occasions the horses dismount their jockeys they continue to jump the fences, because the horses enjoy it.
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Old 06-04-2013, 12:21
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I agree with her. They should stop doing it . Horses will jump in the wild but only if it can't be avoided. They shouldn't be forcing them to jump these great big jumps. It's cruel.
What about those BIGGER jumps in the Olympics? Or making it prance about to music for entertainment in the Olympics? Why is the Grand National always singled out?
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Old 06-04-2013, 12:29
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What about those BIGGER jumps in the Olympics? Or making it prance about to music for entertainment in the Olympics? Why is the Grand National always singled out?
If they limited how many horses could take part I doubt there would be as many complaints. There are just too many horses competing. 30 horses trying to jump a 10 foot wide fence at the same time is cruelty as you know there are going to be injuries as a direct result.
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Old 06-04-2013, 12:41
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Maybe we should ban dangerous pastimes like Mountaineering because it is dangerous to humans as on numerous occasions it causes fatalities?

In a nutshell, I strongly disagree with Leona's viewpoint for the simple fact on the numerous occasions the horses dismount their jockeys they continue to jump the fences, because the horses enjoy it.
Obvious difference - the people that go mountaineering choose to do it. Those animals get no choice. And they don't run because they enjoy it, they continue to run the race because they've been trained to run races, it wouldn't feel natural to 99% of them to just stop.

I still remember the horse from the Grand National last year who was visibly panicking before the race and clearly didn't want to take part, but he was forced - and he fell and was shot dead on the track.
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Old 06-04-2013, 12:45
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What are her odds?
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Old 06-04-2013, 13:14
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Obvious difference - the people that go mountaineering choose to do it. Those animals get no choice. And they don't run because they enjoy it, they continue to run the race because they've been trained to run races, it wouldn't feel natural to 99% of them to just stop.

I still remember the horse from the Grand National last year who was visibly panicking before the race and clearly didn't want to take part, but he was forced - and he fell and was shot dead on the track.
Another "horse expert" talking manure.
Haven't you seen horses in a field sweetie? They gallop about.Its what they do.They are not born to sit in an armchair and make crass comments like some of us do.
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Old 06-04-2013, 13:18
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Old 06-04-2013, 13:20
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Whilst I commend her concern, she (and others) should remember one small fact if we 'banned horse racing', which is basically the prevailing argument, not purely the Grand National, as squick-worthy as it is.

Who is going to look after the hundreds of thousands of highly-strung, highly-trained sporting racehorses...who then have not the purpose they were bred for for hundred of years? That can then not compete and be trained (providing industry jobs, etc)?

Will they all be able to be kept as pets in nice fields? How many extra police horses do we need in a cutback world? Maybe we could send them for showjumping because there's a huge call for overloading another specialist sport with yet more horses that are unnecessary. Not.

Or do you think if we 'ban' racing many more of them are going to be ending up in your packed salad or fish and chips because nobody can afford to keep animals with no income/professional future? Does anyone give any thought to that apart form me?

Just something to think about in the long term, which people seem to forget. Horse racing, paradoxically keeps these animals going for their long term future survival.
It's humans fault that we are in this mess now. We have got to the position where that is an argument. People who say things like "But they are made to run, so we have to keep horse racing" is absolutely ridiculous. There should be NO more breeding horses for running. It's totally pathetic. Horses die just about every year in the grand national on live tv, and are put down live on tv, it's not how things should be.
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Old 06-04-2013, 13:21
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Even though I suspect she's either been hacked or was drunk-tweeting, I agree with her.

The Grand National is old-fashioned and cruel to horses. The Press and TV's obsession with it seems rather ghoulish this year.
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Old 06-04-2013, 13:23
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Another "horse expert" talking manure.
Haven't you seen horses in a field sweetie? They gallop about.Its what they do.They are not born to sit in an armchair and make crass comments like some of us do.
Yeah, galloping around in a field, with other horses. Not stressed out by 30-40 other horses in the same race, all jumping over things in cramped conditions.

Each year we see panic from horses. There is always one that seems to be wanting to get AWAY from the race. How anyone can justify that is beyond me.
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Old 06-04-2013, 13:37
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Even though I suspect she's either been hacked or was drunk-tweeting, I agree with her.

The Grand National is old-fashioned and cruel to horses. The Press and TV's obsession with it seems rather ghoulish this year.
No, this is how she really feels, and I agree with her. Anyone who thinks that "horses were born to do this" is lying to themselves. This sport has no benefit for animals and innocent horses die for no reason. The whole thing is a mess. I'm glad she's standing up for her beliefs.
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