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Letters to the EditorRE NATIONAL GREYHOUND AWARENESS WEEK:
This week (Friday May 25th - 31st May) is national Greyhound Awareness Week in the UK, a special time held every year when greyhound advocates across the UK hold events in their local areas to highlight the appalling plight of the racing greyhound.
Greyhound racing began in the UK in 1926, since then thousands of greyhounds have been and are still being destroyed every year once they are retired from racing, average age 3-4 years old. Only the lucky few end up in rescue.
Additionally, thousands of greyhound pups are destroyed each year because they are considered 'unsuitable for racing'. The RSPCA believes: "at least 20 greyhounds a day - either puppies which do not make the track, or 'retired' dogs aged three or four - simply 'disappear', presumed killed".
Many greyhounds every year also sustain serious, sometimes fatal injuries whilst racing. One has to question the morality of this dire situation and those that bet on greyhounds are sadly fuelling an industry that kills innocent dogs.
It is not surprising that commercial greyhound racing is now in rapid decline with more and more evidence being revealed about the true horrors happening within this industry regularly hitting the national headlines. More people are now boycotting greyhound racing, an industry that exploits dogs, all for the price of a sad bet. It is a tragic reflection on a so-called nation of supposed animal lovers when thousands of healthy young dogs (man's best friend) are being killed and abused every year to support an industry that exists solely to make money. The root of all evil, but the people of this nation can help to put an end to all this unnecessary suffering of our wonderful greyhounds once and for all by simply boycotting this shameful industry.
Greyhounds make the most wonderful companions and contrary to belief -
they don't need a lot of exercise. Please consider adopting a greyhound from your local, responsible rescue. Many of these dogs have run their hearts out and are often betrayed by their unscrupulous owners who have no further use for them.
Have a heart for the greyhounds - please don't bet on or attend greyhound racing, that way this cruel industry will fall into further demise.
For more information on how you can help the plight of the racing greyhound please visit-
Mahatma Gandhi once said "The future depends on what we do in the present".
I say the future of greyhound racing in this country can be confined to our history books if only the general public do not support it.
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