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The League Against Cruel Sports have published a new report calling for major reform of Britain’s greyhound racing industry to stop thousands of dogs being needlessly killed.
The report shows that despite two major reports in 2007 recommending change, the life of a racing greyhound is still filled with abuse, neglect and early death.
Joe Duckworth, Chief Executive at the League Against Cruel Sports said: “Self regulation doesn’t work; thousands of dogs are still suffering and dying every year.
“The industry has had its chance to reform, now it is time to act. The Government should introduce independent scrutiny of the industry and if that does not end the cruelty greyhound racing should be banned.”
The report says racing dogs spend 95 per cent of their time in small barren kennels with little social contact. Those dogs that are housed in pairs are kept constantly muzzled.
Frequently racing on poorly maintained tracks, dogs suffer painful and often lethal injuries such as broken backs and shattered limbs.
The league claims at least 10,000 dogs are deemed surplus to industry requirements every year. 8,000 are retired racers, the rest young dogs that didn’t make the grade. British charities rehome many of these dogs, but countless more are unaccounted for each year either abandoned, killed or sold to universities for research and dissection.