A group of animal rights activists have gathered outside the Durban July event in Durban to protest against the treatment of horses that take part in the annual race.

Ban Animal Trading spokeperson , Tara Aberdeen, says the horses that take part in the race are given performance enhancing drugs which include both legal and illegal drugs.

“We are here to bring about awareness to the plight of horses used for racing,” says Aberdeen,

She says horses that take part in the race are given performance enhancing drugs which include both legal and illegal drugs.

“The horses are viewed as commodities and what they go through in the name of entertainment [is] cruel,” says Aberdeen.

The annual event is known for its glitz and glamour as celebrities show off their outfits, hairstyles and cars.

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Another group protesting outside the event is the APSA Union who are protesting against  Goldern Circle and Phumelela .

“We  had problems in terms of Phumelela with workers; issues of provident funds, but also retrenchments,” says Tshepo Lephakga from the APSA union.

He says the union met with Phumelela management on Friday evening and managed to reach an agreement on their grievances.