to an eye-witness report received by international greyhound protection
group Greyhound Action, a greyhound trainer showed "no remorse"
after one of her dogs was horrifically injured and later "put
down" by a vet at Peterborough Stadium.
appalling incident occurred during a race at the stadium on Saturday,
July 13th, when the greyhound, three year old Fortune John, "got
to the first bend, and just pulled up and stopped, and was screaming
and was carried off the track with one of his back legs hanging
eye-witness, a person involved with greyhound racing, who has
become sickened by the injuries to dogs at Peterborough, went
on to say that Fortune John's trainer, Wisbech-based Hazel Kemp,
"had a dog in the next race and did not seem to show any
signs of remorse, smiling and talking to other trainers waiting
to go back out on to the track".
Greyhound Action supporters, who have been holding regular demonstrations
outside the stadium, have renewed their call for an end to dog
racing at Peterborough, which they describe as a "death-track".
group's UK Co-ordinator, Tony Peters, said: "This latest
tragic incident, very sadly, comes as no surprise to us.
horrific injuries to greyhounds racing on the tracks are all too
common and we are often contacted by members of the public or
sympathetic stadium workers who have witnessed them.
of injuries to racing greyhounds occur every year, many of them
serious. The main reason for this is that the shape of the tracks,
with fast straights leading into tight bends, creates a very dangerous
environment for dogs to run in.
track owners fear they will lose money through racing being called
off, races are quite often run in unsuitable conditions, which
increase the risk of dogs getting injured.
injury to Fortune John was obviously serious, but we would question
the decision to put him down. Severe leg injuries to greyhounds
can often be successfully treated and the dogs can go on to live
long and happy lives afterwards.
such greyhounds would no longer be any good for racing, which
is why we believe that Fortune John's life was ended for commercial
reasons, rather than out of genuine concern for his well-being.
even less serious injuries, which spectators may not be aware
of, can still end up being lethal, as greyhounds are often "put
down", if it's considered to be not worth the money to get
them fit for racing again.
greyhounds often suffer considerably in later life because of
the unnatural stresses and strains imposed on their bodies through
racing on the tracks.
more serious than the large number of injuries to racing dogs
is the fact that many thousands of greyhounds get put to death
every year, simply because they are considered not good enough
latest research indicates that as many as 15,000 greyhounds are
"put down" annually after being judged unsuitable to
race on British tracks or when their racing "careers"
come to an end, either through age or injury.
means that each of Britain's 28 major dog tracks, including Peterborough
is, on average, responsible for the deaths of about 500 greyhounds
to an RSPCA statement 'at least 20 greyhounds a day - either puppies
which do not make the track, or retired dogs aged three or four
- simply disappear, presumed killed'.
of the public can help put an end to this horrific situation by
not attending dog tracks or betting on greyhound racing, so this
appalling death-industry fades away through lack of financial
support the campaign to end greyhound racing at Peterborough (and
at Britain's other dog tracks) contact Greyhound Action at firstname.lastname@example.org
or on 01562 700 043.