is supporting the campaign against greyhound racing. Why? Read this
extract from the Greyhound Action site:
" Tens of thousands of dogs
are disposed of every year by the British greyhound racing industry
- because they fail to make the grade as racers or when their racing
days are over.
Dogs which 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.
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. 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. Many ex-racing greyhounds
are simply abandoned and a large number are killed, sometimes by
extremely cruel methods such as drowning or poisoning, because some
owners and trainers are not prepared to pay the cost of having them
put to sleep by a vet.
We don't wish to suggest that everyone involved in greyhound racing
is cruel or insensitive. There are some "owners" and trainers who
love their dogs and take good care of them for the whole of their
natural lives. But this only applies to a small minority of the
thousands of dogs which enter racing, and thousands more are put
to death before even reaching that stage".
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