We are making progress even though it’s uphill at times.
You may have seen the pictures on Facebook last weekend of the Spanish people out on the streets with galgos in several cities marching in protest and campaigning for end to hunting with galgos and other breeds. This is a sea change. In addition, Scooby rescued 87 dogs last Tuesday and 60 were galgos. It is so much better that the dogs can come into Scooby rather than meet a cruel end in the hands of the hunters.
The racing industry here continues its demise, although not yet dead. Coventry flapping track has closed. Ladbroke and Coral are merging and monopoly rules mean they will have to sell at least one track. Unlikely that this will remain a going concern as a racetrack. Hall Green track is also being sold and will go to building. PLUS! The trainers are complaining about the Greyhound Board of Great Britain and are calling for a forensic accountant to go over their books. They were demonstrating the week before last outside the GBGB HQ in London calling for improved greyhound welfare, better procurement practices and an investigation of their accounting. Here is the video of the demo. It does contain some strong, inappropriate language (from one of the GBGB Directors and the Chairman of the Racecourse Promoters). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wH-6LVzpGA&feature=youtu.be&oref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D1wH-6LVzpGA%26feature%3Dyoutu.be&has_verified=1
We await the outcome of the EFRA Select Committee into the Welfare of Racing Greyhounds Regulations. This should be in April/May.
In Ireland, the Irish Greyhound Board seems to be carrying out more thorough doping tests. This week a champion greyhound trainer’s greyhound has tested positive and we wait to see the outcome of that investigation.
So it’s not over until the fat lady sings but she’s tuning up! Thanks to all of our supporters for your help. The financial donations we have been able to make to our shelters have given them more of a voice as well as rehoming their rescued dogs.