!!! ILLEGAL IN THE UK SINCE 18/02/05 !!!
brief look at our concerns and the links between coursing and racing.
Greyhound Action is opposed to coursing, not only because of the
cruelty to and killing of hares caused by the activity, but also
because of the injuries to greyhounds which occur and the fact that
greyhounds are not infrequently abandoned or killed when considered
no longer good enough for coursing.
to coursing greyhounds are relatively common, due to the fact that
they are racing on a field, rather than a smoother sand surface,
and that they frequently change direction rapidly as the hare tries
to escape. For more info...
for more info about hare coursing in Eire where it is still legal
not unknown for ex-racing greyhounds to move over to coursing and
there is also some crossover with track greyhounds simultaneously
going coursing and vice versa.However,
generally speaking the dogs are separate, as coursing dogs need
to be bigger and heavier than track dogs.
more info on this, the article at www.greyhoundrescue...
mentions greyhounds coming out of coursing being abandoned etc.
as well as those coming out of racing.
other major link between coursing and racing is that the National
Coursing Club manages the Greyhound Stud Book with which all racing
(& coursing) greyhounds must be registered - and in Ireland (where
the majority of greyhounds that race in the UK are bred), the registration
of racing greyhounds is in the hands of the Irish Coursing Club.
factsheet is intended as a brief overview of coursing and the welfare
problems associated with it. For more indepth information - try
the following links.
connection between Greyhound Racing and Coursing in there own words
is a copy of a fax sent by the National Greyhound Racing Club (NGRC)
as their submission to the Burns Inquiry into hunting with hounds.
clearly shows the link between the greyhound racing industry and
coursing - and the support of one for the other.
Of course, the suffering of hares that are torn to pieces or of
greyhounds that are injured is not mentioned. No mention either
of the fate of greyhounds used for coursing when they are no longer
able to compete successfully on the coursing field.
also the attempt to prevent publicity regarding the submission.
Greyhound Racing Club Limited (By guarantee)
House 16 Bonny Street London NW1 9QD
(020) 7267 9256 Fax (0201)7482 1023
Steward: J H C Nicholson
Executive: Frank Melville
Registered in England No, 1041132
Sirs The Burns Inquiry - "Hunting with Dogs" - Effect of a Ban on
It is appropriate for me, as Senior Steward, to preface this submission
by stating that it must be acknowledged that within the sport of
NGRC licensed racing there is a constituency of opinion which does
not support the sport of coursing. Furthermore, I must request that
this submission should not be distributed through the internet or
like media. That being said, this submission contends that an abolition
of coursing (which is NOT "hunting with dogs" because killing the
hare is not the object) would materially affect the greyhound breed,
not only in terms of conformation but also attitude.
anatomical structure of a greyhound is unique in its muscular structure.
Others will advise on the history of the breeding of the greyhound
- but one aspect of additional concern must be one of mental attitude
for this unique canine chasing, as it does, only by sight and sound.
Athletic proficiency in any sport depends upon a competitive mental
attitude, and the will to accept challenge which, in a greyhound,
is largely achieved by breeding. Aggression, is not tolerated in
British track racing but a high level of endeavour is vital and
it is this characteristic which, inter alia, would be imperilled.
breeding of track racing greyhounds is long since influenced by
use of successful coursing dogs. Such dogs not only have the appropriate
attitude but also the best physical conformation as coursing is
demonstrably a testing athletic trial for a dog.
dogs have to turn and accelerate in a manner which demands physical
power of high order. Any risk of degradation of the greyhound specie
as we know it today is unacceptable - it is currently difficult
enough to 'breed out' from the famous and well established blood
lines in order to try and improve on what has been created over
Track racing as we know it today has only been in existence for
some 70 years, during which time the racing stock has become lighter
and more compact; the reason being, tracks have become smaller with
tighter bends. But the breed depends greatly on good coursing blood
for consistently high athletic ability. It, therefore, becomes of
pre-eminent importance that its mental and physical strength, intelligence,
and fortitude should not become deteriorated by a detrimental breeding
faithfully John H C Nicholson Senior Steward
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