Horses crash during medieval Palio horse race in Italy. NBC News image.

Groups demand end to famed Palio horse race in Italy

Horses crash during medieval Palio horse race in Italy. NBC News image.
Horses crash during medieval Palio horse race in Italy. Only 4 of 10 horses finished the race. At least one was fatally injured with a broken leg. NBC News image.

ASSOCIATED PRESS reports (via Washington Post)

MILAN — Animal rights campaigners are calling for an end to the famed Palio bareback horse race in Siena after six of 10 horses crashed during the latest edition.

The LAV animal rights group said Friday the accident on the first curve of the dirt-covered course in Siena’s main square was just the “umpteenth confirmation that the Palio needs to put the safety of the horses and all the participants ahead of tradition.”

One of the horses broke a front leg in the collision on Thursday. Critics have long held the race, a fierce competition among the Tuscan city’s quarters, should be held without animals. Horses frequently fall, collide, or are trampled during the race, and some 50 have died since 1970.

The Palio is held each July and August.

1 thought on “Groups demand end to famed Palio horse race in Italy”

  1. It’s more than disappointing that Italians do this sort of thing and call it a sport. The Spanish also abuse their horses by running them through fire during a special “festival”. At least Catalonia, Spain had its last bullfight a year ago. The arena was full to the last seat – so what does that say about Spanish values and animals?

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