Royal Ascot 2017 Weather Sparks Safety Concerns For Horses Running In Races

Written by Kathryn Snowdon Wednesday, 21 June 2017 11:38
Animal rights campaigners are concerned about the high temperatures horses will be competing at Royal Ascot. Animal rights campaigners are concerned about the high temperatures horses will be competing at Royal Ascot. PA WIRE/PA IMAGES

‘It’s racing at all costs.’

Animal rights campaigners have voiced concerns about the scorching heat horses will be competing in during Royal Ascot this week.

The five-day event begins today (Tuesday) and will see equines racing in temperatures up to 30C.

Dene Stansall, Animal Aid’s horse racing consultant, told HuffPost UK: “If horses race in high temperatures, they are going to suffer from heat stress.

“Ascot is the pinnacle of flat racing and because it’s attended by royalty and it’s a big, social event, then it’s racing at all costs at Ascot, so they have to race no matter what - that’s their approach.”

Ascot has said it will be taking “all appropriate measures” to mitigate the heat for the horses, including extra water buckets along the track... READ MORE


 
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