On Saturday 2nd June, the League Against Cruel Sports will be protesting at the 2018 Greyhound Derby in Towcester, Northamptonshire, along with CAGED Nationwide (Campaign Against Greyhound Exploitation and Death) and Birmingham Greyhound Protection. The protest will be highlighting the cruelty of the greyhound racing industry in the UK, which in 2017 was responsible for more than 1,000 dogs dying or being killed.

Speaking ahead of the protest, the League's Director of Campaigns Chris Luffingham, said: "The greyhound racing industry has had more than enough chances to improve, and instead of life getting any better for the dogs, we saw the death of more than 1,000 innocent victims last year.

"Any ‘sport’ that results in animals suffering for the sake of putting money in people’s pockets, is one we need to call time on. Greyhounds are born into a life of injury and for many their death is inevitable. You can’t have greyhound racing without dogs suffering, so we need to choose – are we a country of animal lovers or are we a country that supports greyhound racing – we can’t be both."

Head of Winnie, a rescued ex racing greyhound

The League, CAGED Nationwide and Birmingham Greyhound Protection, believe the greyhound racing industry has failed in its duty to protect greyhounds, whilst using them for profit and human entertainment. Protesting at the greyhound racing industry’s biggest annual event, campaigners will be urging people to look deeper into the reality of the industry and what the dogs endure, so they can make an informed decision before attending a greyhound race.

The League is calling for a phasing out of the industry aiming for an eventual ban on greyhound racing.

More information on the upcoming protest can be found here.