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Hi all,

I’m working on behalf of the RSPCA to raise awareness of their urgent campaign to protect racing greyhounds. We have a chance to protect racing greyhounds from an uncertain future through legislation but need thousands to send a letter to the Government by 22nd July so timings are really tight!

Every year at least 10,000 greyhounds are retired from racing. The fate of many of these greyhounds is unknown and huge numbers simply ‘disappear’.

We’ve set ourselves a target to get at least 20,000 people to respond by 22nd July – this is the government’s own deadline for the close of their public consultation on the welfare of racing greyhounds. The more people that respond to the government consultation, the more chance we’ll have of influencing what goes in the new legislation.
For example, just some of the aspects that we’re calling for the regulations to include would be:

  • One system to track all greyhounds from cradle to grave
  • One open access injury database
  • Independent regular inspection of trainers’ and breeders’ kennels
  • Greyhounds must be transported in cages which enable them to stand up, turn around and lie down comfortably
  • Greyhounds to be humanely euthanased by a vet only if rehoming is not an option (e.g. extreme behaviour / irreparable injury)
  • Vets to be specially trained and have financial independence
You can join the campaign here - RSPCA: Campaign Network

The sooner we can reach 20,000 people, the more chance we'll have of protecting racing greyhounds from cradle to grave.

I hope you can help!

Katie Houghton, on behalf of the RSPCA
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