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Racing Industry Publishes “FINAL” 2017 End Of Life Data in 2019

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The Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) published its 2017 injury and retirement/end of life data in March 2018 for the first time since racing was introduced in the UK in 1926. Although given to be complete at the time, the retirement and end of life data transpired by December to be “interim” because of a 6 month lag in “retirement” figures. The GBGB said it would publish updated, final statistics before the end of 2018. They noted that the injury figures (4,837 injuries out of 419,385 “dog runs”) would not change because they are reported in real time at the racetrack.

In the end the GBGB published its final retirement and end of life data in January 2019. The “final” stats showed: 1,100 greyhound deaths within racing in 2017 broken down as per the following tables:

GBGB 2017 “Retirement” Data

Category

Published March 2018

“Final” published Jan 2019

6 Month Lag

Retained by Owner/Trainer

726

1,037

311

Greyhound Trust / Charity

4,536

5,184

648

Homed by Owner/Trainer. Put to breeding

1,129

1,440

311

Total Homed/Retained

6,391

7,661

1,270

 

GBGB 2017 End of Life Data

Category

Published March 2018

“Final” published Jan 2019

6 Month Lag

Killed: Treatment Costs/Poor Prognosis

333

370

37

Killed: No Home Found

22

23

1

Killed: Designated Unsuitable for Homing

270

307

37

Sudden Death

55

56

1

Put to Sleep: Trackside

257

257

0

Put to Sleep: Medical & Other

30

30

0

Terminal Illness

28

36

8

Natural Causes

18

21

3

Total End of Life

1,013

1,100

87

Moreover, the CEO of the greyhound regulatory board is quoted as saying that there is a 5,000 “dog clog” languishing in trainers’ kennels whose fate after racing is still unknown. The published GBGB data is not explicit about these greyhounds.

5,000 "dog clog" - greyhounds languishing with an unknown fate

5,000 “dog clog” – greyhounds languishing with an unknown fate

The statistics are heartbreaking, knowing that these poor, gentle greyhounds suffered in the name of gambling and entertainment.  This is exploitation and we believe The League Against Cruel Sports is right to repeat its 2016 call for greyhound racing to be “consigned to the ranks of cruel sports which are no longer acceptable”.  Please sign and share the petition demanding greyhound racing be phased out in the UK.

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