‘Human Error’ Behind Filly Named With Racial Slur; BHA To Review Naming Process

A filly racing at Wolverhampton this Saturday ignited social media when fans recognized her name as a racial slur, reports The Guardian. The offensive name was apparently an innocent mistake made by her owner, Emma Evans: the filly is sired by Bungle Inthejungle and was named “Jungle Bunny” in reference to a child’s computer game called Jungle Bunny Run.

The filly has since been renamed Jungle Bells.

Two hours after the filly’s race, the BHA wrote on Twitter acknowledging that the name was “deeply offensive and should not have been permitted. It was not picked up by the team responsible for filtering names. This is a human process and this was a human error.”

The British Horseracing Authority plans to review the process by which it approves racehorse names after the racial slur slipped by the naming committee.

In addition, a BHA spokesperson said: “We reiterate the apology that was issued after the horse ran. Racist language is not tolerated in our sport, whether intentional or accidental. We are opposed to racism and prejudice in all its forms and are committed to making British racing an open, diverse and inclusive industry that is welcoming to all.”

Read more at The Guardian.

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