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To end racing would be disaster

Jennifer White (Write Back, March 18) says that 400 horses die racing in the UK every year and suggests that racing should be put out to pasture.

Well, do that and several thousand people will be out of a job and our economy would suffer a horrendous downturn. But this is not the point.

If horses were not allowed to race there would be no need for them and several thousand would die.

If I were a horse and had a choice of being pampered all year, but risking injuring myself by racing six times a year, or being shot, I think it would be worthwhile taking a risk.

MALCOLM HOWARD

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