Birmingham Greyhound Protection


Anti Racing

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

You bet they die

Demos and anti-racing events

We often hold local demos at weekends - Please check with us for details

Use of bolt gun on unwanted grehounds - please sign the pettion to abolish the use of the captive bolt gun to destroy greyhounds in the UK

Each year an estimated 10,000 ex-racing greyhounds are 'unaccounted' for -- puppies that don’t make the grade, dogs that sustain injuries, are pregnant or unable to find homes, most are less than five years old. Many of these dogs are disposed of in the most 'economical' way - by bolt gun. Under existing UK legislation, any person can use a bolt gun to destroy a greyhound, if they are the legal owner. Attempted destruction of greyhounds by bolt has resulted in innocent dogs being left to suffer in agony for hours, before being found and taken to a veterinary surgery to be finally put to sleep by lethal injection. These dogs should at the very least be entitled to a humane death. Destruction of greyhounds should only be performed by use of intravenous euthanasia, administered by qualified veterinary surgeons. Following the controversial use of bolt guns by RSPCA inspectors a few years ago, the RSPCA requested the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) comment on their review of its 2004 euthanasia rules and guidelines. In April 2010 the RCVS announced that use of the captive bolt guns on dogs was inappropriate. Defra have the power to end this cruel practise so we are calling on them to immediately abolish the use of captive bolt guns to destroy greyhounds in the UK.

Stop greyhound exports to Asia

Greyhound racing is recently being promoted in Asia where there are no laws for animal welfare and many greyhounds are being exported from around the world, including the UK. Please click here to read more and sign the petition.

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