Greyhound Awareness Week, organised by international greyhound protection group Greyhound Action, is an annual event, aimed at educating the public about the mass slaughter of dogs caused by the greyhound racing industry.
As in previous year’s, street stalls, demos outside greyhound tracks, betting shop pickets and other events will be taking place throughout the country.
Photos of just a few of last year’s events can be seen at http://tinyurl.com/GAW2008
Greyhound Action’s UK Co-ordinator, Tony Peters, said:
“According to our most recent research, as many as 15,000 greyhounds, bred for the British racing
industry, are ‘put down’ every year, after failing to make the grade as racers or when their ‘careers’ on the tracks come to an end.
“An RSPCA report on greyhound racing has stated that ‘at least 20 greyhounds a day – either puppies which do not make the track, or retired dogs aged three or four – simply disappear, presumed
“In addition, a large number of greyhounds sustain serious, sometimes fatal, injuries whilst racing, due to the dangerous nature of the tracks.
“Members of the public can help put an end to this horrific situation by not attending dog tracks or
betting on greyhound racing, so this appalling industry fades away through lack of financial
For more information, please visit Greyhound Action’s website at http://www.greyhoundaction.org.uk