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Aug 13, 2007
The first video has no images people should be upset by. The second has some, but they are presented blurred to avoid causing you too much distress.

Running for their lives :

Good video on greyhound racing. Includes interview with Annette Crosby (One Foot In The Grave star)

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=nSnQyxewwRM

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Good video & song on greyhounds.

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=DA-lCaZ-3eM&mode=related&search=
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Posted: Aug 13, 2007 10:31am
Aug 2, 2007
The article below from the Racing Post enrages me. Last year the Sunday Times exposed how David Smith in Seaham was killing greyhounds for £10 each. His father had done the same thing before him. At least 10,000 greyhounds had been buried in the field behind thier home. Greyhound racing trainers were identified who had taken  thier healthy animals to be killed. see links :
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article688422.ece
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article691452.ece
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article688405.ece
And this year a racer was found shot in the head by an airgun after losing a race where a lot of money was lost. The trainer claimed to have sold the dog just before it was found killed, ut refused to say to who. see link
http://www.care2.com/c2c/share/detail/435316
So one would expect the chairman of the British Racing Board, Lord Lipsey, to discuss how such horrors could be stopped occuring again. Instead he ignores the facts and attacks activists who are fighting for the welfare of these animals, claiming all is well. Lord Lipsey should watch the news if he wants to know the Truth of his 'bloody' industry. Then again he already knows.


RACING POST July 30th
 

Lipsey leads battle against 'extremists'

The British Greyhound Racing Board has announced today that it is mounting a counter-offensive against the current campaign by the extremist groups who aim todamage the sport. This will involve proactive efforts to communicate the truth about greyhound racing to the media and refute the many false allegations of the antis.
The BGRB has prepared for its fight back by commissioning research to find out what those at the grass roots of racing wanted to see their industry organisations doing on behalf of the sport. The resulting feedback is now informing the development of a much more active approach to support the positive work being done by owners, trainers, promoters, homers and others, across the country to both defend against attack and to promote the significant achievements already made in recent years.

BGRB Chairman, Lord Lipsey, commented: “Welfare is at the heart of everything greyhound racing does. However, it is clear from the tone of unbalanced media coverage that has recently been reported, that more needs to be done to counter the emotive and wholly inaccurate arguments of the ‘anti racing' lobby. Those involved in this sport on a day-to-day basis, just do not recognise it from their crude propaganda.

“This initiative, like our efforts to improve the life of the greyhound at all stages in its career, is a long term commitment. Opinions will not change overnight, but we have to fight our detractors. We need to demonstrate the true facts about the sport, our investment in welfare and the care of the racing greyhound. People in racing love and respect their dogs – they are why we are all in the sport. The thrill and satisfaction of watching a fit dog do what it was bred to do – race – is at the heart of the welfare story.

“Five years ago, the critics may have had a point, not enough was being done.

Today, however, any objective observer would agree that greyhound racing has made giant strides forward. For example, homing by the official Retired Greyhound Trust has doubled and together with the many thousands of greyhounds who stay with their owners or are homed directly, the vast majority of greyhounds go on to live full and happy lives whentheir racing careers are over.”

Over the coming months, new initiatives will be put in place to counter the fabrications of the extreme anti-greyhound racing elements – and show the tactics they use. At the same time the BGRB will continue its dialogue with responsible welfare groups who make a valuable input into its work.

“We are under attack from people who do not understand – and in many cases are not interested in understanding – the real truth about the greyhound as a breed and racing and retirement in particular. At a time when there are so many challenges facing our sport we shall up our efforts to promote the great things that are being done and to vigorously defend the sport against unfounded and malicious attack. We ask that these extremistgroups are required to substantiate their wholly inaccurate propaganda in future.” Lipsey concluded.

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Posted: Aug 2, 2007 12:55pm
Jul 26, 2007
 

Article in Scottish Daily Mail July 2007.

A Greyhound was shot in the head and dumped in a ditch only hours after losing a race.

Jamiedan Flyer came last at a meeting earlier this month, despite being heavily favoured by punters.

Later that night, the terrified animal's howls were heard by a couple who later found him lying against a tree in a pool of blood. A local vet was called in an attempt to help the dog, but it was so badly injured it had to be put down.

Last night vet Lorna Lazenby said she was disgusted when she arrived to help the stricken animal as it lay in the ditch near Dalrymple, Ayrshire.

She said "when I got there, the dog was in real distress and was howling-he was completely put of it. All he had was a little hole in his temple, as if he had been shot by an airgun, and there was a lot of blood.

It was so sad because there was nothing I could do to help him. I was just glad I was able to ease his suffering and put him down."

Later the dog was identified as Jamiedean Flyer from a tattoo on his ear and it emerged that he came last at Ayr Greyhound stadium on July 8th.

An insider at the track said "There had been heavy betting on the dog and a lot of money was lost. There were rumours this was going to happen and everyone at the track was disgusted when we found out what had happened."

Alan Shaw, the owner of the dog, has since been banned from racing at Ayr.

Outside his home in Dalrymple yesterday, construction worker Mr Shaw said he only had the dog for a couple of weeks and sold it after the race. He added "I was sickened when I found out what had happened to him. The only reason I sold him was because I was building a new shed in my back garden to keep my Greyhounds." Mr Shaw refused to reveal to whom he sold the animal.

A spokesman at the track confirmed that all of Mr Shaw's dogs had been banned from future race cards pending further inquiry.

It is now feared the remote spot in South Ayrshire has been used as an execution site for failed racing dogs over a long period of time.

Days after the attack, workers at Greyhound Rescue Scotland found the remains of a second dog lying just a few hundred yards away at the bottom of the same ditch.

Charity worker Carol Scott said "It looks like this dog had also been taken to this ditch to be killed and that it died the same way. It was found further down and close to a stream, as if it had been crawling to get a drink of water.

We work so hard to rehome Greyhounds and most owners will work with us to get their dogs a good home when their racing days are over. It is very distressing that some owners cannot work with us .or even have their dogs put down humanely."

A spokesman for the SSPCA said it could not take any action because the body of the dog had been disposed of before a post mortem examination could be carried out.

He added "In any potential case of animal cruelty, we would advise that the body is kept as evidence. Unfortunately the police advised the vet to dispose of the body and there was nothing further we could do."

Charities estimate that thousands of Greyhouinds are killed every year when they outlive their racing usefulness .
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Jamiedan Flyer. Victim of this vile industry.

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Posted: Jul 26, 2007 1:30pm
Mar 28, 2007
Focus: Animal Welfare
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Location: United Kingdom

The possibility of opening a new dog track in Bolton is being discussed on the Bolton News website hereclick on link below to read it.It's worth a read trust me)

A message has been posted by a Bolton News journalist asking for contributors to an article about the issue. See below:

Posted by: Tracey, Bolton on 2:53pm today
I AM writing a feature about the tradition/history of Greyhound Racing in Bolton and the possibility of building a new track. From reading this blog I can see that we have a mixture of opinions. Anyone willing to have a chat about why we should, or should not, build a new dog track please get in touch. Call 01204 537262 or, alternatively, email tracey.scott@theboltonnews.co.uk Many thanks.

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Posted: Mar 28, 2007 12:56pm
Feb 2, 2007

The BBC's Look North last night, 1st February 2007,  included an item that celebrated the 75th year of greyhound racing at Owlerton Stadium in Sheffield. I do not see anything to celebrate in 75 years of cruelty to greyhounds. I am entering my views on the program on Look North's 'Latest stories - contact Us ' page at

http://www.bbc.co.uk/england/looknorthyorkslincs/contact.shtml

and wondered if Care2 members based in the UK would like to do the same. None UK based members can also leave coments, but if so please ensure that you include in your comment that you have watched the program on-line.
The story can be re-played from page
 http://www.bbc.co.uk/england/looknorthyorkslincs/latest_stories/
 which gives access to the latest stories broadcast.

It is also worth asking them to broadcast a story on the cruelty of greyhound racing for balance.  When entering the message it is worth sending (selecting from the drop down) as well as 'Look North', the presenter Harry Gration.

I left the message below. If you leave a message don't cut and paste but use your own words, and let them know your feelings, as this will have more impact (plus my comment includes that I own a greyhound etc):

'Last nights program included an item that celebrated the 75th year of greyhound racing at Owlerton Stadium in Sheffield. As the owner of an ex-racing greyhound and a supporter of Tia greyhound rescue I do not see anything to celebrate about 75 years of abuse by the greyhound industry. This is an industry that slaughters thousands of healthy greyhounds each year that don’t make the grade. I am sure you are aware of last years articles in the Times that covered this issue and the BBCs own report http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/wear/5185234.stm. To balance things up how about looking at the story again, but this time from the angle of 75 years of animal abuse.'

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