If you support Greyhound racing, you’re directly funding the abuse and deaths of these animals. SO STOP NOW!
About 30,000 greyhound pups are registered every year between Ireland and the U.K. 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 because they fail to reach racing standards.
Although most of these dogs are bred in Ireland, the majority are produced to supply the demands of the British greyhound racing industry.
Dogs who 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. There have been numerous doping scandals uncovered in the Irish racing industry - many dogs are given drugs, such as cocaine, before a race to increase their speed.
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. Many exracing greyhounds are simply abandoned and a large number are killed, sometimes by extremely cruel methods such as drowning or poisoning, because most ‘owners’ and trainers are not prepared to pay the cost of having them put to sleep by a vet. The shooting of greyhounds, as a killing method, is not uncommon.
Bodies of greyhounds have been found all over the country, washed up on rivers or found in woods. Occasionally, some are found still alive - mutilated. As greyhounds are tattooed on both ears, to identify them for racing and coursing purposes, ‘owners’ often actually cut the dogs ears off. This is to prevent the identity of the dog becoming known, and thus his former ‘owners’ being traced.
Every year many hundreds of ‘unwanted’ greyhounds are shipped to Spain to be kept for racing in appalling conditions or used for hunting and coursing. Dogs that turn out to he no good for hunting are often brutally disposed of, with hanging being a favourite method. Some are even sent to Asia, were they are either killed for the meat trade or used in laboratories for vivisection.
The only way to prevent the massive suffering and killing of greyhounds caused by the greyhound racing industry is for greyhound racing to be abolished.
ANIMALS ARE NOT OURS TO USE FOR ENTERTAINMENT OR PROFIT. STOP USING INNOCENT DOGS TO FILL YOUR GAMBLING NEEDS. BAN GREYHOUND RACING NOW!