Comedian John Bishop calls for the ‘blood sport’ Grand National to be banned

Comic John Bishop has called for the Grand National to be banned.

The animal-loving funnyman said he has issues with the event even though the world’s most famous race at Aintree is a huge boost to his native city Liverpool.

John, 53, said: “I have fond memories of the Grand National, but in recent years, as I have become more committed to animal welfare, I have grown increasingly uncomfortable about an event that every year results in the deaths of horses.

  • Comedian John Bishop reveals one of his sons is gay and that he is 'so proud'

  • Grand National tragedy as horse dies during main race

“Some people will argue that the horses are bred for the event and have incredible lives.

“And that as the Grand National is such a prestigious event, the risk is worth the reward.

“I will accept this argument the day someone shows me a horse entering
itself into the race.

  • Grand National TRAGEDY — organisers order review after three horses die in two days

“During the three-day National meeting, an average of three horses die each year.

“I just don’t think it’s acceptable that any animal should lose its life in pursuit of entertainment, which is also why I believe all blood sports should be banned.”

Despite his issues with the Grand National, John, inset, confessed that he once part-owned a racehorse.

  • Grand National tragedy as two horses die during Ladies Day

He said: “I am not entirely against horse racing. I even had a share in a horse syndicate with a few mates.

“We had a horse called Know My Name, which ran on the flat and did quite well, but we had to retire it because it developed hay fever.

“I am glad to say that the horse is now enjoying its retirement, no doubt receiving antihistamine.”

  • Grand National
  • Daily Star Sunday

Source: Read Full Article