You Bet They Die

At least 40,000 greyhounds are bred every year in Great Britain and Ireland. The majority of these dogs are produced to supply the demand of the British greyhound racing industry, which is the biggest in the world. But thousands of greyhound pups and young dogs are put to death because they fail to reach racing standards. Greyhound Action estimate that as many as 20,000 are killed annually in Ireland and about 4,000 in Britain.

A further 10,000 greyhounds "retire" from racing in Britain every year, at an average age of just 2 years old. This is either because of injury or because they are adjudged to be no longer good enough to continue racing. At least 6,000 of these dogs are put to death, sometimes by extremely cruel methods.

The only way to prevent the massive suffering and deaths of greyhounds caused by the greyhound racing industry is for greyhound racing to be abolished. This has already happened in the USA, where six states have banned greyhound racing since 1993. It is important that people avoid attending or betting on greyhound racing so that it comes to an end through lack of finance and support.

Greyhound Awareness Week is 18-25 May. Greyhound Action are asking animal rights groups and concerned individuals to spend a few days concentrating their efforts on improving the plight of greyhounds. Leaflets, posters and petition forms are all available.

Greyhound Action, PO Box 127, Kidderminster, DY10 3UZ (01562 745778,

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