The organisers of the Aintree Grand National hope to allay the fears of animal rights groups by agreeing to kill a number of horses before the race this year.
Horse racing executive, Peter Thape hopes his proactive decision to destroy 5 horses before the race will end the ongoing negative publicity that mars the annual jamboree.
Thape has had to equally appease premium-paying racegoers, who are losing the fizz from their champagne to the echoing sound of gunfire around the grandstand.
‘We’re finding that shooting horses at the end of races is not great for marketing. So…we’ll shoot them before,’ said Thape.
‘Don’t forget though, the horses love it, love racing, absolutely love it! Ask them, go on. Just ask them.’ Thape passionately added.