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That this House recognises the important role horseracing has long played in Britain's sporting and cultural life and that the industry's reputation and future financial health could be damaged by growing public concern about the welfare of horses entered into Aintree's annual Grand National event; notes that the race, according to figures published by the British Horseracing Authority, is more than five times more lethal to horses than the average British jump race; further notes that a recent NOP opinion poll found that the majority of respondents now regard this long and punishing event as cruel; and calls on the Government to bring forward an additional Code of Practice under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 that would resolve the problems of the Grand National by applying minimum horse welfare standards to all races in Britain, after having considered matters such as the number and hazardous nature of fences, and the number of horses permitted to enter each event.
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