Dog racing victims remembered July 31, 2005 12:20 PM
Dog racing victims remembered
International events in memory of killed and injured greyhounds
On July 23rd and 24th, greyhound protection campaigners all over the country
and abroad took part in remembrance ceremonies and other events as part of
Greyhound Remembrance Weekend.
Commercial greyhound racing started in Britain (at Belle Vue, Manchester) on
July 24th, 79 years ago and Greyhound Remembrance Weekend was held in memory
of the hundreds of thousands of dogs that have suffered and died at the
hands of the British greyhound racing industry since that day.
Greyhounds killed, injured and abandoned by the racing industries in other
countries were also remembered, with the thought that the total number of
victims, very sadly, amounts to several million worldwide.
As part of the remembrance ceremonies, wreaths and flowers were laid outside
greyhound stadiums and campaigners, carrying banners and placards, with many
accompanied by their rescued greyhounds, held a minute's silence in memory
of the many thousands of victims of commercial greyhound racing.
Some of the biggest events took place at Eastville Park, Bristol (where a
greyhound gathering and information day was held next to the site of the
former greyhound track), in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk (where a solemn
procession to the gates of the greyhound stadium was followed by a
remembrance ceremony there), outside the greyhound track at Newton Abbot,
Devon (where local reverend, Chas Deacon, led a moving ceremony in memory of
the victims of dog racing) and in a park near Antwerp, Belgium (where about
150 people and the same number of dogs took part in a remembrance event).
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Louise & Tony, Greyhound Action
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