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Poll: should greyhound racing be banned?

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Calls have been made for greyhound racing to be banned afterfigures released by the sport’s governing body showed the toll taken on animals.

The League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) says time should be called on dog racing after the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) admitted that more than 1,000 racing greyhounds die or are killed each year.

It has also been revealed that racing dogs suffer almost 5,000 injuries a year, meaning one in every three racing dogs is injured.

Chris Luffingham, director of campaigns at LACS, said the figures show “it’s time greyhound racing was consigned to the ranks of cruel sports which are no longer acceptable.”

However, this week the GBGB launched The Greyhound Commitment, an eight point agenda for the sport, covering animal welfare.

This is why we’re asking: what do you think? Should greyhound racing be banned?

Vote now and join in the debate by leaving a comment below.

Should greyhound racing be banned?

Yes
12329
No
5216
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Douglas Hooker
over 3 years ago
Greyhound racing is a dog killing industry. Outdated it belongs in the history books.
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louise despointes
over 3 years ago
those races are evil & barbaric for those dogs, fed up of men using animals for their pleasure not caring for their well being & death, why don't men fight with each others just like gladiators did, & do not use animals anymore
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Jenny Spence
over 3 years ago
This cruelty must stop!
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fiona n
over 3 years ago
there is no place for the brutal cruelty surrounding greyhound racing in this 21st century. The official statistics on deaths and injuries reflect only the tip of a massive and horrific 'iceberg'. Ever wondered why you rarely ever see a greyhound puppy? Because at least 50% of greyhound puppies are killed off before the age of 12 months - few of these are even euthanased by a vet, the bolt gun or a spade over the head is more cost-effective after all. And the official statistics do not address the conditions that so many greyhounds have to live their lives in- muzzled for 23 hours a day because the relentless health-destroying monotony of being contained in a cage for that 23 hours leads to self-harming as the only means of obtaining some form of stimulation - similar to the self-harm seen in human prisoners in non-contact solitary confinement. Cold, dark, damp blood-stained sheds are commonly the abode of racing greyhounds even after retirement, where they suffer arthritic pain, dreadful dental pain as their uncared for mouths develop dreadful infections and abscesses due to the poor diet and lack of a means to maintain dental hygiene. The state of the poor dogs released into rescue from these hellholes must be seen to be believed - again, horrific! There has proved to be no will whatsoever from those in the racing world to improve welfare for racing and ex-racing greyhounds, or to stop the mass over-breeding to feed the sick industry, therefore the only answer is to ban the activity outright as all humane countries and states have already done.
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Andrew Bell
over 3 years ago
Let the dog see the hare !!
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Andrew Bell
over 3 years ago
Let the dog c the hare !!antis will be antis ????
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Sarah Underwood
over 3 years ago
Barbaric.
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Geoff roberts
over 3 years ago
To people who say, "they love to run", there's a world of difference between running in a field as a household pet and leading a miserable existence in a squalid, freezing shed before being 'disposed of' when you stop winning races. Greyhound racing is self-regulated and exists solely to make as much money as possible from gambling punters. The RSPCA had no authority to investigate cruelty involving greyhounds.
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Valerie
over 3 years ago
Racing greyhounds are kept in concrete kennels 24/7, they are drugged, abused, forced to race on dangerous tracks. Countless break their neck, their back, their legs, then they are ruthlessly killed as nobody wants to pay the vet bill. How is that still legal in the UK in 2018? Greyhounds are overbed, which means even if they survive racing, most will not find a home and will be disposed of as a result. Please ban racing, greyhounds make wonderful pets. They deserve loving homes, like any other breeds.
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Terri
over 3 years ago
ALL GREYHOUND RACING MUST BE STOPPED - THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO ROOM FOR ANIMAL CRUELTY IN THIS WORLD!!!!
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Catherine Beak
over 3 years ago
Ban it now!
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Wendy Pardy
over 3 years ago
Greyhound racing should be banned because so many greyhounds lose their lives, either being killed as pups because they are considered not up to scratch, on the racing track, or through injuries acquired while racing which their trainers don’t think worthwhile to spend the money on veterinary treatment, and when they reach the advanced age of 3 or 4 their trainers often have them euthanised rather than find them a new loving forever home.
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Lorena Delgado
over 3 years ago
This is not a sport, it's exploitation and cruelty for entertainment!
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frances heath
over 3 years ago
Yes greyhound racing should be banned. It is outdsted animal cruelty.
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Aisling
over 3 years ago
It should be banned. The GBGB’s own figures, massaged as they are, show that at least 1k greyhounds were killed in 2017 as a result of this industry. That equates to one greyhound killed every 11.5 hours or so. It does not include Ireland, where the vast majority of greyhounds racing in the UK are bred. Anyone who turns a blind eye to dog deaths and cruelty just so they can watch a dog running for 30 seconds needs to take a good, long look at themselves. Let’s hope they evolve.
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Jackie
over 3 years ago
Beyond cruel
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Deborah Mellonie
over 3 years ago
It's shocking that greyhound racing is still allowed. It's just cruelty and corruption. Our government is letting us down by allowing it to carry on. They must get their act together and listen to the majority. The breeding of these wonderful dogs is totally out of control. How many puppies survive out of all the litters born. We all know what is going on. Come on greyhound breeders tell the truth. Stand up and be decent. Tell us why you do it. Is it because you love your dogs. Or money. We all know it's the latter.
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Carolyn K. Doswell
over 3 years ago
Everything about Greyhound Racing is cruelty.
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Carol Robinson
over 3 years ago
Ban greyhound racing. Greyhounds are the most wonderful dogs and make fantastic pets.
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David Hughes
over 3 years ago
Using any animal for entertainment is barbaric. Using them to compete for financial gain means inevitable cruelty during their racing career, and a tragic end when they can no longer perform adequately. It needs to be stopped.
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Janine Mekarkash
over 3 years ago
Animal abuse! Born to run not to race! You bet they die!
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Kerry webb
over 3 years ago
Greyhound racing is cruel
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Christine Smith
over 3 years ago
This SICK SO-CALLED SPORT needs to be banned NOW!!!!!!
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Linda Browne
over 3 years ago
Vile, barbaric industry, run by vile greedy morons. These beautiful, gentle dogs are subjected to the most horrific cruelty. Supporters really should do their homework, and learn what really goes on behind the scenes of this so called "sport" !
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GABRIELA VARGAS
over 3 years ago
YES THE GREYHOUND RACE SHOULD BE BANNED. EXPLOITING ANIMALS FOR ENTERTAINMENT IS UNFORGIVABLE!!! THESE EVENTS ARE THE SOURCE OF IMMENSE SUFFERING AND UNBEARABLE TORTURE TO ANIMALS. I BELIEVE ANIMAL RIGHT IS A SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUE, AND I WILL SPEAK AGAINST CRUELTY.
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Patricia Norman
over 3 years ago
Barbaric sport.
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E Gude
over 3 years ago
The suffering caused to these poor dogs is indefensible. If they are not killed or injured here, they are shipped to China to the hell of the dog meat trade It must end now
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Val Griffiths
over 3 years ago
It's long past time. These poor dogs shouldn't be put through this.
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adrian mcloughlin
over 3 years ago
Yes, like bull fighting , bear baiting, fox and stag hunting, they should all be confined to the dustbin of history.
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Nandita Shah
over 3 years ago
Entertainment from cruelty and suffering should always be banned, and greyhound racing is just that.
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Maria mc naghten
over 3 years ago
Greyhound racing is a cruel so called sport, no animal should be exploited for human gains, ban it now
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adrian mcloughlin
over 3 years ago
This dog torture , like bull fighting , bear baiting, fox and stag hunting, should be confined to the dustbin of history.
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Amanda Griffiths
over 3 years ago
Ban greyhound racing forever!
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Michael Pattinson
over 3 years ago
What happens to the dogs that don't make the grade? All well cared for? I think not...
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Judy Morley
over 3 years ago
This is a cruel and inhumane sport where there is no good end for these poor creatures. It must be banned worldwide and now.
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Susan Hadlington
over 3 years ago
Yes ban greyhound racing it is out dated cruel abusive exploitation of the most beautiful gentle dogs, greed over life, yes greyhounds love to run like any dog not shoved into a Trap and forced, shame on you.
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Alan Hudson
over 3 years ago
Puppies killed because they won't chase. Dogs breaking legs on dangerous tracks and euthanised on financial grounds. Dogs kept in filthy kennels with no bedding, fed on the cheapest slop. Dogs too old to win killed with a bolt gun or exported to China to face being boiled or skinned alive. Oh yeah, the racing industry really cares about the dogs.
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Fred
over 3 years ago
It's barbaric to force them around a track, then spending days doped up, caged, and eventually spent before their time, or put down for not being good enough.
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Chris
over 3 years ago
The industry makes millions (£237 million?) profit and yet we still don't have a transparent system of cradle to grave accountability and responsibility. There is massive overbreeding with only 20% of the dogs being able to race. What happens to the 80% that aren't fast enough - they are not all rehomed. Nobody is sure what happens to them111 Money & profit rule all - racing is dangerous at the best of times but even more so in treacherous conditions - 'the show must go on'. Dogs are euthanised for treatable injuries - hock injuries for example can be healed with splints & tlc, more serious breaks with surgery. At the end of the day greyhounds are just like any other dog and deserve a happy life as a pet -they are beautifully elegant dogs, with lovely gentle souls & temperaments. They do not deserve to be locked up in a cage most of the day. They love a sofa to stretch out on. Sure they do love to run - run free on the beach, through the woods, across the fields like mad things full of the joy of life. And they love to sniff every tree, shrub and lamp post like any other dog. God bless em.
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Steve Whyte
over 3 years ago
Dogs are literally running for their lives, and being injured and killed in the name of entertainment. The fact that this still goes on in this day and age is absolutely sickening.
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Jill Dawson
over 3 years ago
Outdated and cruel
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Janice Randall
over 3 years ago
Nothing but a barbaric dog killing 'sport'. Don't be stupid. BAN. FULL BAN.
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paddy holt
over 3 years ago
Greyhound racing is not a sport.. it's an industry which treats sentient beings as a commodity.. it's barbaric, hypocritical, cruel and self-governed... everybody associated with greyhound racing, even those who "love their dogs" (really??) should be prosecuted or at best, put in the greyhounds' situation.....
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Jacqueline Graham
over 3 years ago
These poor dogs are treated appallingly,then to be dumped,shot or sold on to another country to be slaughtered!!!!!!
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Pennys Mum
over 3 years ago
I enjoy seeing dogs run for pleasure but greyhound racing is nothing about that. They are ill treated, abused, drugged then dumped as unwanted. They are not cared for properly and shot if unwanted. Many of these abandoned dogs turn up with dog wardens and my husband has helped transport some from being put down after 7 days to a rescues o I have seen the condition that they are found in.In this day and age where we understand sentience and suffering then surely we can spare some compassion for these poor animals who have given their everything to make their owners, trainers and betting companies wealthier.
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Nat Wenger
over 3 years ago
Why don't the race supporters go out and run it themselves? Leave the dogs out of it.
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Isabel Brown
over 3 years ago
I cannot imagine the mentality of the slobs who run the greyhound racer - they are brainless cretins.
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Suzanne Armstrong
over 3 years ago
This terrible sport should of been stopped long before now...must69
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Susan Lewis
over 3 years ago
I notice non of the people who don't want greyhound racing banned ever mention the 100,000 greyhounds that disappear every year in Ireland where 83.7% of registered racing Greyhounds in the UK are bred. These trainers go to sales to bid on these gentle souls just like you would a piece of furniture in an auction. Add the 1,000 destroyed here to the number killed in Ireland to produce the gambling commodity for them to bid on and the number is horrendous. It should be run down gradually so the dogs can be homed and then confined to the history books.
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F Aries
over 3 years ago
It belongs in the past along with bear baiting, etc.
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kathy haverkamp
over 3 years ago
this industry is based solely on cruelty. Please ban greyhound racing, as these dogs have horrible lives and often die tragically if they aren't rescued.
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Julie de Villiers
over 3 years ago
This is not "Sport" - this is cruelty to another sentinent being! Totally unacceptable! Ban it!!!!
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Susan Berry
over 3 years ago
A vile, cruel industry ... #youbettheydie
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George Davidson
over 3 years ago
If a child looked and lived like.a greyhound then a caring person would intervene and stop this barbaric.act.
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Jacqueline walker
over 3 years ago
This is not a sport, an excuse for cruelty. Ban all greyhound racing.
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K
over 3 years ago
Ban greyhound racing it is cruel
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Isabelle Andrews
over 3 years ago
Cruelty ,doping and slaughter of these innocents if they don’t run fast enough need I say more ,get it banned stop it mow
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Andrew Bell
over 3 years ago
Let the dog c the hare ????
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Rita
over 3 years ago
We are one of the very few countries left to allow the exploitation and cruelty of greyhounds for profit, and entertainment. Ban it!!
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Collin
over 3 years ago
I'm guessing the pro racing arseholes will be out In force to inundate this poll with multiple votes each from different devices. After all these common gutter morons think nothing if doping their dogs with class A drugs etc. Greyhound racing WILL end it's only a matter time as more and more decent people are becoming increasingly aware of the inherent cruelty involved in this archaic activity.
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Lorraine Yates
over 3 years ago
The exploitation and cruelty of these beautiful dogs needs to end
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Melanie Mahoney
over 3 years ago
Stop using and abusing these beautiful animals! This "industry" needs to be banned worldwide.
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Carol Robinson
over 3 years ago
Greyhound racing is barbaric. These wonderful dogs love running not racing.
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louis gauci
over 3 years ago
This called sport is supported by GREEDY and SELFISH individuals. They do not care at all about the well-being of these beautiful animals.
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Rachel Atkinson
over 3 years ago
Greyhound racing is a cruel and primitive sport which involves the abuse and exploitation of animals. The animals suffer not only because racing itself is dangerous and likely to cause death or injuries but what happens behind the scenes involves cruelty too. From breeding puppies that don't make the grade and are culled, the conditions that most of the greyhounds have to live in, the horrific and inhumane ways some of the animals are disposed of once they are no longer racing to ex racers being sold to China where they are slaughtered for meat. It is an inherently cruel industry and it is unrealistic to believe that it will regulate itself to improve welfare. An outright ban is the only way forward.
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Tracy Eddleston
over 3 years ago
Definitely should be banned. Its a cruel sport with no regard to the animals. They are used and abused in all types of weather and disgarded like trash when they don't make the grade.
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Elizabeth Mork
over 3 years ago
Absolutely not! I have 3 retired racers who are the happiest dogs I have ever had. You can tell they were loved during their careers as racers. I love watching greyhounds do what they love to do! I have visited kennels and foster retired racers on their way to loving homes. Educate yourself!
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Jayne
over 3 years ago
If the dogs didnt enjoy it they wudnt run...its a gr8 sport for both the dogs n also people can enjoy watchin them n have a gamble
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Malcolm Hazlewood
over 3 years ago
dont be so stupid you idiots the greyhounds love chasing the rabbit you lot who vote yes can go and do one
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Mark
over 3 years ago
Banned....don't be ridiculuous. Racing is a fantastic sport. I love greyhoubd racing.
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Lee
over 3 years ago
No the dogs love racing , people would actually realise that if they didn’t stand outside tracks leaving dogs in the cold all night trying to promote how bad racing really is there’s nothing more cruel keeping a dog outside stood still.And as for been locked up all day everyday that’s another lie that simply doesn’t happenPeople who race dogs always have there dogs welfare first yes when mine run am always worried about injuries but they happen in every sport
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Kelly
over 3 years ago
The peow who are against greyhound racing have probably never seen inside a kennel,just joining the bandwagan,they havent got a clue,most of the greys are taken very good care of and I say most as in all corners of life there are some.cruel people who mistreat animal.weather it be greys Labrador poodle horses,the list goes on but that does not mean all people who race there dogs dont look after them or if and I say if they get injured while.racing defo get them.fixed which somtines cost thousands,and then pay 100sof pounds for them to go to a retirement home(not rescue) If you saw the excitment of the greys when they no there going racing its amazing they love what they do ,leave them.to do what they love
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Stefan Wells
over 3 years ago
Anti race assholes that comment sums up the anti race brigade who I have offered to come to see the dogs at the kennels many times and they never turn up..why.. because it will show up the lies and crap they spread about how the dogs are treated. Never been in a racing kennels in their lives though happy to shout out slogans about what goes on. greyhound racing is a great family friendly night out
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Ken Budzek
over 3 years ago
Racing greyhounds are the most pampered, well cared for canines in the world.
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Gordon mewis
over 3 years ago
No keep greyhound racing
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David neil
over 3 years ago
That Fiona m comment is the biggest load of bull that I have ever read in my life she has no clue whatsoever greyhounds love to run let them do what they love and Fiona m get a life
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Olimpia Baraini
over 3 years ago
Perchè è un atto atroce e crudele nei confronti di chi non ha voce per lamentarsi.
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Karen
over 3 years ago
Animals are only ours to appreciate in their natural setting
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Shirley comish
over 3 years ago
While there are a lot of good owners/trainer's all the bad ones ruin it. I think it's time we banned it to stpp the suffering that goes on
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George crawford
over 3 years ago
No the dogs love it
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Beth Knuth
over 3 years ago
Until all entertainment that involves animals is ended, especially dog and horse racing, our species will NEVER find peace! So simple but yet so difficult for the arrogant, selfish, entitled humans we have become.
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Sharon Warwick
over 3 years ago
Yes. I can’t see how it can ever be sufficiently regulated (independent and transparent) so that the dogs welfare is paramount). I’m ashamed when I see them treated by fellow humans as mere commodities sometimes with absolutely no interest in their fate (dogs exported to China) or tied up and left to starve. All this from a nation of animal lovers!!!
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Nev
over 3 years ago
Too many morons sitting making judgments from their sofas being mugged off for donations by greyhound unregistered “charities” who have noting to bring to a greyhounds life but the point of a euthanasians needle! Open your eyes, stop being sheep and find out the facts for yourselves! Have you ever seen a good story by the money grabbing “not for profit” leeches???
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Nigel Clark
over 3 years ago
Born to run
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Nigel Clark
over 3 years ago
Greyhound would not run if don't what too and that's true
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Dave
over 3 years ago
As a greyhound owner my dogs are well cared for and are made sure we find them forever homes after racing career how many other dogs other than greyhounds are badly treated behind closed doors
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jayne conway
over 3 years ago
More of the anti racing stuff being trotted out here, written by people who haven't got the first idea about greyhounds or how they are cared for. But more importantly, the poll is just another exercise in who can be bothered to vote over and over again to bump up the figures, and that goes for both sides. Utterly meaningless.
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Chelsea
over 3 years ago
Greyhound racing should be banned
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Aiden nicoll
over 3 years ago
Racing is part off our heritage.our identity in this human race...why tamper with nature.
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Ang
over 3 years ago
Greyhound racing isnt cruel, they love to run. Retired Greyhounds get just as many injuries running around gardens and fields as they do on the track.
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Dawg
4 months ago

Lovely, exciting sport. Let the animals run for our entertainment.

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Patricia Miller
over 3 years ago
Too many suffering greyhounds, and worse suffering if not good enough...abuse, cruelty and carelessness in an animal that would always do thr best it could to make you happy.
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julie price
over 3 years ago
I would not want to see greyhound racing banned , dogs love to chase and racing gives them the chance to do what they were bred for , We have 2 retired racers agd 13 at home and all our dogs have been kept after their racing days are over
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Richard wood
over 3 years ago
Greyhound racing is good it brings people to meet each other who Owen greyhounds. You have good times and become good friends.thats what I think anyway.
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jim parker
over 3 years ago
YOU BET WE LOVE OUR DOGS !!! THEY LOVE RUNNING TOO
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Kevin Lindsay
over 3 years ago
Greyhound racing is under attack from 'keyboard warriors' who hold multiple anonymous social media accounts which they use to harrass those of us involved in the sport. I have offered these people the opportunity to come and visit my retired racer and my racer but they never take up the invitation. My dogs were born and bred to race and have never been "forced" to do anything in their lives.
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KIM SANZONE
over 3 years ago
Greyhounds love to race and are revered and treated like the supreme athletes they are by their trainers and loved and adored by their owners so no it should not be banned.
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Millie
over 3 years ago
No greyhound racing shouldn’t be banned! #borntorace #lovetochase
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Lazyfastdog
over 3 years ago
Corruption & lies but by their own admittance 257 dogs died on the track whilst racing last year.. 355.others that they admitted to perished because no home could be found for them when they were no longer racced. This report doesn't take into account those that never made the grade & were not registered or those exported to such countries as China to live in horrific conditions... It doesn't taken into account the dogs kenneled for 23 hours a day, those that are drugged, the list goes on of how these gentle dogs are treated. The racing industry has had 91 years to prove it cares about the welfare of the dogs... All it's proved so far is that it couldn't care less! http://www.cagednw.co.uk/greyhoundinjuries.html
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Wendi Tremblay
over 3 years ago
Trainers love their dogs, and know that with neglect they would not run well. I have seen the conditions at many kennels and it is better than some homes that keep dogs as pets. Take out individuals who don't measure up, don't kill a whole industry because of a few. The chase and the run is a part of these dogs. People who own them either at the track or retired know this. The general public doesn't.
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ronnie
over 3 years ago
these idiots wanting to ban greyhound racing have never been in a kennel,...they are like lemmings they know nothing but want to be political correct...follow the others over the cliff no matter what....i have been in many kennels and seen nothing but love for the pups...have owned pet greyhounds,,,you hear nothing from these jerks about greyhounds have the highest adoption rate of ant dog...these idiots would rather have them like other dogs,,,PUT TO SLEEP ...