Animal welfare campaigners have welcomed an announcement that the, Belle Vue Greyhound Stadium in Manchester has closed its doors for the last time.

Stadium owners Arena Racing Company issued a statement confirming the closure, stating that there is ‘no longer a business case to support the ongoing operation of the stadium.’

Nick Weston, head of campaigns at the League Against Cruel Sports, said: “This is good news for the greyhounds of the North West, with Belle Vue being the last track to close in that part of England. The fact that there is no ‘business case’ for greyhound racing shows how animal exploitation is not only cruel, but not profitable.”

Belle Vue is the latest greyhound track to close in the UK, following Birmingham and Wimbledon closing for good in recent years.

Nick added: “Congratulations are in order to all the tireless individuals who have campaigned for the stadium’s closure over the year, giving up their time to raise awareness for the plight of greyhounds.”

The League Against Cruel Sports continues to call for the ban of greyhound racing in the UK.

Figures published by the racing industry earlier this year show that in 2019, 4,970 dogs were injured as a result of racing, while 710 were destroyed or died.

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