Belle Vue Greyhound Stadium may be demolished under plans to re-develop the site.

The League Against Cruel Sports and other animal welfare organisations have welcomed the proposal made to Manchester City Council this week which, if successful, could spell the end for greyhound racing in the city.

Nick Weston, Head of Campaigns at the League Against Cruel Sports, says:

“Nearly 5,000 greyhounds were injured last year as a result of racing, and over 1,000 were killed. The closing of Belle Vue will not only help reduce the suffering of dogs, but also follows the trends of tracks closing across the country. People are starting to wake up to the cruelty inherent in greyhound racing, and as such the League is calling for greyhound racing to be phased out.”

Greyhound racing is on its last legs as increasing numbers of people learn that the industry uses dogs at the expense of their welfare. Animals are housed in poor conditions, carted around the country to compete for prize money and forced to race at the expense of their health, the League adds.

A Spokesperson from Shut Down Belle Vue (SDBV), which holds regular outreach events outside the track to convince punters to stay away, says:

“The possible closure of Belle Vue would be fantastic news for Manchester. People no longer have the same interest in greyhound racing, thanks to an increased awareness of the animal welfare issues. We estimate track attendances have plummeted by almost half since 2011 and on peak nights Belle Vue is over three-quarters empty.”

The end of greyhound racing at Belle Vue would be the latest in a series of track closures around the country, including Wimbledon in London and Hall Green in Birmingham, both of which closed in 2017.

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