A greyhound advocate started a petition to have greyhound racing in the UK phased out. We are appealing to our supporters to sign it. At 100,000 signatures, it will be considered for discussion in Parliament. The petition was launched in response to the publication of the racing industry’s 2017 data for injuries and end of life. This was the first time ever, in racing’s 92 year history, that the industry published its statistics.
The 2017 data revealed that 1,013 greyhounds died within the racing industry: 257 on the track; and 590 (58% of total deaths) were destroyed due to injury. This naturally gives rise to the question as to how these fatal injuries arose. Professor Andrew Knight’s (Animal Welfare & Ethics, Winchester University) report, Injuries In Racing Greyhounds, Prof. Andrew Knight demonstrates the problem with ovoid tracks and their composition. He shows the combination of racing at speed, distance and track design can all significantly increase the injury risk especially at the first bend when congestion is at its maximum. He explains how the New Zealand Racing Integrity Unit has concluded that 68% of injuries and 75% of fatalities occur on the first bend.
Prof. Knight’s report examines the interesting concept of “bony remodelling” (as the greyhound skeleton seeks to adapt to the increased forces brought about by cornering) and its propensity to increase the risk of resultant injuries in racing greyhounds.
Not surprising then that a published death rate of 5 greyhounds per week on track, anecdotes of adopted greyhounds suffering from legacy injuries, coupled with press coverage of racing atrocities and deplorable training kennels have led the general public to conclude that greyhound racing in the UK should be phased out leading to a nationwide ban. If you agree please do sign the petition (note: the petition shows the industry’s initial figure of 1,003 greyhound deaths, they updated this figure to 1,013 later in the day when the data was published on 14 March 2018).