Sir Roger joined up with ‘Katy’ the greyhound to demonstrate his support
for the campaign. Please see attached photo.
The state of
greyhound racing in Great Britain: A mandate for change
, shows that
despite two major reports in 2007 recommending change, the life of a racing
greyhound is still filled with abuse, neglect and early death.
The report shows that racing dogs spend 95% of
their time in small barren kennels with little social contact. Those dogs that
are housed in pairs are kept constantly muzzled. Frequently racing on poorly maintained
tracks, dogs suffer painful and often lethal injuries such as broken backs and
At least 10,000 dogs are deemed surplus to
industry requirements every year. 8,000 are retired racers, the rest young dogs
that didn’t make the grade. British charities rehome many of these dogs, but countless
more are unaccounted for each year through being abandoned, crudely killed or
sold to universities for research and dissection.
The League’s campaign is calling for:
- Independent greyhound regulation with full welfare transparency
- Tighter drugs controls
- Greyhound passports to track all dogs from birth to death
- Mandatory rehoming requirements
- Controls on the breeding and importation of racing dogs
To coincide with the report, actress and long
standing greyhound welfare advocate, Annette Crosbie OBE, has
set up a Government e-petition calling for strengthened
legal protection for racing greyhounds.