Why Greyhound Cruelty is Wrong
In an ideal world, nothing would be wrong with greyhound racing, but behind the scenes of this £2.5 billion pound industry, it is far from ideal. Most people would think that the dogs enjoy themselves running and will be re-homed at the end of their careers, but sadly it is not as simple as that.
Because profit drives business, the dogs are generally seen as animal business commodities running for their lives, and the way they are treated would appal the animal-loving British public.
The greyhound racing industry produces, at a minimum, a surplus of 13,500 dogs in England and Wales every year. Of these at least 4,000 dogs go missing every year, invariably killed, some by vets, others dispatched with a bullet to the head , drowned or abandoned, after their tagged ears are cut off to prevent their owners being traced.
Each year 2,500 young dogs bred in the UK who are deemed not fast enough to go onto races go missing between the ages of 16 weeks and 15 months . The fate of only 20% of these dogs are recorded. The others simply disappear- that’s 2,000 young dogs in the UK who just vanish.
Dogs have very short careers, sometimes less than a year, due to the repetitive stress injuries caused by racing on small, tight cornered tracks. They do not just enjoy a happy life of racing as most people think. They are kept in kennels, lack the social contact all dogs need and are pushed to their physical limits, soon to be unwanted and facing an uncertain future.