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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). Please feel free to forward/crosspost/circulate this message. Louise & Tony, Greyhound Action www.greyhoundaction.org.uk  [ send green star]
 
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