Written by Clive Ellis
Greyhound racing is now marketed as a fun night for all the family to try and halt the industries demise but the image presented is far removed from the reality of this so called sport.
For every greyhound that enters racing another will not make the grade and is likely killed. It is the same fate for many dogs that have competed on the track and not all are humanely put-to-sleep by a vet.
The British tracks fuelled the breeding of 23,000 plus greyhounds in 2007 and in excess of 26,000 the previous year (the majority bred in Ireland).
New registrations, however, for greyhounds to compete on tracks that come under the regulation of the National Greyhound Racing Club (NGRC) is about 10,000 annually (9,751 in 2007). Perhaps an additional 10% can be added to the above figure for the independent (flapping) tacks that are minor players in comparison.
Sadly, the [...]
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