Greyhounds' suffering

Readers who saw the Frontline Scotland investigation into the greyhound racing industry, on BBC1 last Wednesday, will have been horrified at the suffering this "sport" inflicts on the dogs it exploits.

Many thousands of greyhounds are "retired" from racing in Britain every year, usually aged just 2 years old, either because of injury or because they are judged not to be good enough.

Very few of these dogs manage to find good homes - many are abandoned or killed, and owners sometimes cut off their tattooed ears to avoid identification. Likewise, young dogs that don't show racing promise early on can be simply disposed of.

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New tracks will inevitably perpetuate many of the existing and inherent welfare problems.


Director, Advocates for Animals

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