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A debate on e-petition 554073 Ban greyhound racing to end unnecessary deaths & suffering of racing dogs will take place in Westminster Hall on 28 March 2022. The petition closed on 30 April 2021 and received 104,885 signatures.

The petition calls for an end to greyhound racing:

The Government must introduce legislation to abolish greyhound racing, via managed shutdown of activities, and ensure welfare of redundant dogs through a levy on the industry. In 2019 Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) data confirmed 4970 injuries & 710 deaths (14 per week).

Thousands of greyhounds are forced to race for worldwide betting markets. We believe that the welfare of racing greyhounds is not adequately protected by Animal Welfare Act 2006, GBGB, or any independent body, and that greyhounds endure unavoidable suffering on tracks that can be dangerously configured, race in extreme weather & can be housed in kennels that have not been independently inspected to gain UKAS accreditation, despite commitments to DEFRA.[1]

In its response the Government did not support a ban and set out measures that have been introduced since 2010 by the industry, through the work of the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB).  The GBGB is the regulating body for licenced greyhound racing in Great Britain. However, animal welfare is devolved responsibility, so regulation of greyhound racing welfare lies with each devolved administration.

Animal welfare charities have expressed continued concerns about greyhound racing, including the number of dogs bred, the welfare of dogs before they are raced, the rate of deaths and injuries, and how greyhounds are treated and euthanised after they are retired.

[1]     e-petition 554073 Ban greyhound racing to end unnecessary deaths & suffering of racing dogs


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