Birmingham Greyhound Protection is against greyhound racing
Many greyhounds are killed both because they are rejected before they even reach racing and at the end of their ‘careers’
British tracks fuel the breeding of about 17,900 greyhounds annually (the majority bred in Ireland) of which about 9,000 will be judged suitable for racing.
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.
Their racing career is normally terminated when 3-4 years old after competing in about 50 races. Length of career, however, can vary greatly and is frequently brought to an abrupt and sometimes horrific end through injury.
Racing greyhounds are NOT well looked after
Racing dogs are generally kennelled for 23 hours a day, if not longer, with two dogs commonly sharing one small kennel. Standards of kennels are invariably basic to say the least and muzzles are used as a long term solution where fighting may occur.
The condition of many greyhounds offloaded by their trainer/owner continues to shock even the most experienced rescue personnel. Injuries sustained annually total 5 figures and result in hundreds of greyhounds being euthanased; the majority solely on economic grounds.
In all aspects of welfare the industry has failed dismally, and since 1926 (when commercial greyhound racing began in Britain) hundreds of thousands of greyhounds have been killed.
This information is provided by Action for Greyhounds.
Please visit their website for further information about the greyhound racing industry and how you can help