Protect Hundreds of Greyhounds from Cruel Deaths Due to Blood Sport

Target: Zac Goldsmith, UK Minister for Animal Welfare

Goal: Support ban on cruelty-laden greyhound racing that kills innocent animals.

Despite significantly less races in 2020, this year of lockdowns still saw the deaths of over 400 greyhound dogs in Great Britain. This number is only a slight alteration of deaths reported from previous years. Half of these animals died on the track, while the remainder were euthanized because they were ill or officials believed they could not be “re-homed.”

This so-called sport has a long and tragic legacy of animal cruelty. These inherently sweet animals are essentially deprived of any companionship, affection, or comfort. Their only “freedom” comes for the brief moments when they are let out of their lifelong cages to race –sometimes to death—for the entertainment of spectators. Abuse, injuries, and malnourishment are rampant. When the captive animal is finally retired, sometimes his or her life gets even harder. Reports of discarded greyhounds being used in medical experiments have emerged. More, however, are starved or euthanized because they are deemed no longer useful or profitable.

These ongoing horrors, compounded by the report verifying that hundreds of animals still lost their lives in 2020, have renewed calls for a ban on this blood-sport across the United Kingdom (UK). Sign the petition below to join in these calls for compassion and decisive action.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Goldsmith,

You recently stated that “greyhounds deserve the highest level of care not only during their racing career but also in their retirement that follows.” Yet you followed these words with a truly perplexing statement touting “improved outcomes for greyhounds following retirement from racing “ as “positive progress.” Sir, do the deaths of over 400 greyhounds during a year that saw massive lockdowns spell progress to you? How about the documentaries exposing the widespread culling and euthanizing of these animals for so-called “poor performance”…not to mention the many exposes detailing other atrocities they routinely endure?

You took an oath to ensure the well-being of all UK animals. This mission is your job and responsibility. Do not become just another politician in the pocket of special interests. Do your duty and endorse a ban on this cruel relic that exploits and slaughters animals for profit.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Silvia Aranda


9 Comments

  1. These dogs should be honored as they are the donators of blood to every other breed. They were bred for hunting but now are used for gambling. These are such decent dogs and don’t deserve the torture and trauma they face. They are over used and under appreciated. Each of these dogs has a life and deserves to live it. Too many are being bred for entertainment and human greed is such that they are not thought of as living just as a form of amusement. These dogs are gentle. Other than running they are couch potatoes. For them to be held in a small cage and used only for their speed is wrong on so many levels. Each country must end the use of these dogs for such frivolous reasons. The entire world needs to begin to respect animals, all animals including wildlife!. The earth, Nature, and Climate demands people begin to understand this fact. We won’t make it without them. Nature is tired of our stupid ways and if we think nukes and bombs are bad, just wait to see how we fare with Nature. Nature has no enemies and absolutely no fear. She can bring the entire world to its knees, and will, unless and until we change the human factor’s demands and greed on resources and viewing the world as being here just for us alone. We are self centered and selfish. Everything has a place including us.

    • Couldn’t have said it better, WoW!

      People really need to treat animals with importance and respect! I actually believe that this corona crap began with lack of it to begin with.

  2. i hate when they hunt birds and animals in English movie.These people can never learn. I don’t know what thrill they get out of it instead they can learn to help the animals in shelter and in other ways,

  3. patricia schwartzman says:

    WHO WOULD THINK THAT SO MANY ATROCITIES WERE GOING TO COMMIT WITH ANIMALS EVERY DAY IN THE FIRST COUNTRY OF THE WORLD AND THAT THE GUILTY WOULD NOT BE PUNISHED?

  4. gabriela valerio says:

    TO ME IT’S BECAUSE SOME JUDGES JUST THINK ‘WELL IT’S ONLY ANIMALS’ … AFTER ALL!

  5. THIS IS AN ABHORANT DISGRACE, BROUGHT ABOUT BY SO-CALLED ANIMAL LOVING NATIONS. ARE YOU ALL COMPLETELY MAD, LET ME TELL YOU, YES YOU ARE!! SUCH CRUELTY IS WICKED, EVIL AND DISGUSTING AND YOU KNOW IT. SO DO SOMETHING ABOUT STOPPING IT FOR GOOD AND PUNISHING ALL THOSE INVOLVED…PROPERLY. STAND UP AND A GROW A BACKBONE, STOP HIDING BEHIND RUBBISH RULES THAT HIDE YOU AND DONT PROTECT THE INNOCENT ANIMALS, YOU ARE TRULY A SHAMEFUL DISGRACE, ALL OF YOU.

  6. Zac Goldsmith, UK Minister for Animal Welfare

    Support ban on cruelty-laden greyhound racing that kills innocent animals.

    Please protect and save the precious lives of the beautiful and innocent Greyhounds.

    I have two precious and innocent rescued Greyhounds. They are the most loving and fantastic Greyhounds. I love them from the bottom of my heart. And they show their love for you.

  7. Agree all comments stop now. What’s wrong with this world and laws.

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