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Complainant Name:
Mr Nic Coward

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail

Complaint:

Mr Nic Coward, on behalf of the British Horseracing Authority, complained that the newspaper had inaccurately reported the effects of the economic crisis on the horseracing industry, by overstating the overall impact and by suggesting in its headlines that thousands of thoroughbreds including healthy foals were being killed, and that foals were being slaughtered for meat. He also complained that the BHA’s role in rescuing a racehorse called Cash King had not been made clear, and that an unsubstantiated story about Goff’s horse auction had been repeated as fact.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper agreed to alter its online headline to make it clear that it was adult thoroughbreds and not foals who were being slaughtered for meat; to amend the article to clarify the BHA’s role in rescuing Cash King and that the Goff’s story had been disputed; and to meet with the BHA to explore the possibility of publishing further articles in cooperation with them.

Report: 79



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