Yesterday saw a ‘Campaign Against Brighton & Hove Greyhound Stadium’ demonstration punctuated by an act of violence which left many involved shaken up.
“The protest went well at the track today but as we drove off someone threw a brick at our car, smashing the window and narrowly missing the head of one of us, the brick ricocheted off and smashed another car’s window”
Police arrived to the scene, and following questioning, took down all details of those who witnessed the event. Stadium security denied seeing anything.
The police officers responsible for getting to the bottom of the incident have flagged it as a case of criminal damage and are checking CCTV footage for more information on how and why the incident might have occurred, but protestors are less unsure of motive and are taking the brick attack as a serious and “definite threat”.
“We will not be silenced or intimidated. We will protest here until greyhound racing is banned and and this and all tracks are closed. Please join our protests, the greyhounds need us.”
For many a night at the dogs or a flutter at the bookies is just a bit of harmless fun, but for the dogs used by the greyhound racing industry there is much more at stake.
It is estimated that thousands of retired greyhounds go ‘missing’ from the industry every year and most of them are presumed dead, no longer useful or profitable to their owners.
The greyhound industry is said by some to have a lot to be ashamed of. Thousands of greyhound puppies are killed every year because they are too slow or shy for the tracks.
Dogs that do become racers face an uncertain retirement when they become too slow at the age of four or five.
An Associate Parliamentary Working Group report estimated that at least 4,728 dogs disappear from the tracks every year and that the majority of them are slaughtered.
Although the Greyhound industry gives £1.7 million toward the rehoming of ex-racing dogs, this does not excuse, explain or cover even half of what it would cost to re-home the missing dogs.
Tony Peters, co-founder of Greyhound Action, a group campaigning against greyhound racing commented:
“The greyhound racing industry is in decline, and we are convinced that when people learn about the death and neglect facing racing dogs even more stadiums will close due to poor attendance.”
Greyhound dogs are dying to entertain punters, literally. Because dogs are running at high speeds around tight bends, injuries and collisions are commonplace.
Thirty dogs were euthanised at Belle Vue track in Manchester in 2009 alone, due to injuries they picked up from the track. Sadly, when many greyhounds are no longer profit making they are killed.