Animals: Gamble, Violation, Disgrace

Concerning the British Grand National steeplechase, the National Equine Defence League wrote the National Hunt Committee as follows: "The length of the course and number and formation of obstacles are wholly unreasonable. . . . Overstrained and ruptured animals could not 'improve the breed.' . . . We denounce this race as a mad gamble, a gross violation of the law against cruelty to animals, a national disgrace."

After this year's Grand National, the horses Drin and Swift Rowland had to be destroyed (TIME, April 6). In 1930, Derby Day III fell and...

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