BET THEY DIE...
the information below is either based on figures produced by the
greyhound racing industry itself or on statements made by individuals
who have worked either in the industry or in greyhound rescue.
for their lives"
A short video about the greyhound situation
by KAREN CHERRINGTON
of thousands of dogs are disposed of every year by the British greyhound
racing industry - because they fail to make the grade as racers
or when their racing days are over.
About 25,000 greyhound pups are registered every year in the British
Isles. The number bred is actually many thousands more than this,when
taking into account pups that never get registered and those killed
by breeders at a very young age.
Although most of these dogs are bred in Ireland, the majority are
produced to supply the demands of the British greyhound racing industry.
Thousands of greyhound pups and young dogs are put to death because
they fail to reach racing standards. We estimate that over 10,000
are killed annually in the British Isles.
Dogs which actually make it to the track are very likely to experience
suffering during their racing careers. It has been estimated that
greyhounds running on British tracks sustain more than 12,000 injuries
every year and that 10% of dogs that race are already suffering
from injuries. Injured toes, torn muscles, strained tendons and
arthritic joints are commonplace.
At least 10,000 greyhounds retire from racing in Britain
every year, at an average age of just 2½ years old. This
is either because of injury or because they are adjudged to be no
longer good enough to race.
Very few of these dogs manage to find good homes. This is hardly
surprising, given a situation where many thousands of ordinary dogs
are put to sleep every year because no homes are available for them.
The British greyhound racing industry has admitted that 500 - 1,000
retired greyhounds are put to death every year. This alone would
be enough to justify a ban on greyhound racing, but the true figure
for retired dogs killed is, sadly, far, far higher. Quite possibly
as many as 6,000.
ex-racing greyhounds are simply abandoned and a large number are
killed, sometimes by extremely cruel methods such as drowning or
poisoning, because some owners and trainers are not prepared to
pay the cost of having them put to sleep by a vet.
are receiving an increasing number of reports of trainers shooting
dogs when their racing days are over.
We dont wish to suggest that everyone involved in greyhound
racing is cruel or insensitive. There are some owners
and trainers who love their dogs and take good care of them for
the whole of their natural lives. But this only applies to a small
minority of the thousands of dogs which enter racing, and thousands
more are put to death before even reaching that stage.
Every year many hundreds of "unwanted" greyhounds are
shipped to Spain (click here for
more info on greyhounds in Spain) to be kept for racing in appalling
conditions or used for hunting and coursing. Dogs which turn out
to be no good for hunting are often brutally disposed of, with hanging
being a favourite method.
only way to prevent the massive suffering and killing of greyhounds
caused by the greyhound racing industry is for greyhound racing
to be abolished.
It is interesting to note that this has already happened in the
USA, where six states have banned greyhound racing since 1993. In
the meantime it is important that people avoid attending or betting
on greyhound racing, so that it gradually comes to an end through
lack of finance and support.
Times also recently (22/10/03) published an informative report on
the situation click here
insider Vet speaks out click here
Tia greyhound rescue have recently started
a "Wall of shame" listing hundreds of cases of abandoned
greyhounds ... many suffering appalling injuries.
APGAW (AssociateParliamentary Group for Animal Welfare) report
here to read the report in pdf format
This conservative report says that even according to the National
Greyhound Racing Club (NGRC) approximately 11,000 registered greyhounds
leave racing each year. The APGAW report also states that a minimum
of 4,728 dogs are unaccounted for each year and the parliamentary
group says that it can assume that the majority of these dogs are
destroyed. Note: this doesn't take into account all the thousands
of young dogs who never get registered and are killed at an early
age when it is clear they will never make it as a racer.
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