SIR – Ten years ago, this month, Animal Aid launched a new initiative, entitled Race Horse Deathwatch. The aim of the project was to monitor and publish detailed information on as many on-course race horse deaths as we could find out about, because the racing industry did not do so.

Ten years on, little has changed. Racing’s regulator, the British Horseracing Authority, merely publishes the number of horses killed whilst racing, and not the names of the horses or how they died.

Animal Aid, however, does.

The names of 1,500 horses, killed as a result of racing in the last decade, appear on the Race Horse Deathwatch website, but the true figure is likely to be much greater.

This shocking number of fatalities is racing’s dirty secret. We continue our work to expose it – on behalf of all those horses who had nobody to speak out for them except us. Visit

Fiona Pereira, Campaign Manager, Animal Aid, Bradford Street, Tonbridge