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Outrage after horse killed in trials for Asti Palio

Animal rights movement ENPA 'appalled' event is continuing

Outrage after horse killed in trials for Asti Palio

Turin, September 16 - Animal rights campaigners reacted with outrage on Monday after organizers of the Asti Palio decided to press ahead with the horse race even though one of the animals involved died in a test for the event Sunday. The National Body for the Protection of Animals (ENPA) also reiterated its call for palio horse races, including the world famous Siena Palio, to be banned, given the rate of horse deaths and injuries they cause. Dozens of horses have been killed in palios since World War II. "We are appalled to learn that the Asti Palio is taking place anyway today despite the death if a horse in yesterday's trials," ENPA said. "At this point we ask what other tragedy has to take place for the local institutions and organizers of palios, festivals and events based on the exploitation of other beings, to understand that these events pose serious risks for animals' health, as well as being ethically unacceptable". Former tourism minister Michela Vittoria Brambilla joined in ENPA's calls for palio horse races to be banned.

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