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.@DefraGovUK: "BAN THE BOLT" ABOLISH THE USE OF THE CAPTIVE BOLT GUN TO DESTROY GREYHOUNDS IN THE UK.
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.@DefraGovUK: "BAN THE BOLT" ABOLISH THE USE OF THE CAPTIVE BOLT GUN TO DESTROY GREYHOUNDS IN THE UK.

    1. C.A.G.E.D North West
    2. Petition by

      C.A.G.E.D North West

      Liverpool, United Kingdom

C.A.G.E.D North West 'Ban the Bolt' Campaign  

[Petition Supported by Ricky Gervais and Jane Fallon]

Each year an estimated 10,000 ex-racing greyhounds are 'unaccounted' for -- puppies that don’t make the grade, dogs that sustain injuries, are pregnant or unable to find homes, most are less than five years old.

Many of these dogs are disposed of in the most 'economical' way - by bolt gun.

Under existing UK legislation, any person can use a bolt gun to destroy a greyhound, if they are the legal owner. Attempted destruction of greyhounds by bolt has resulted in innocent dogs being left to suffer in agony for hours, before being found and taken to a veterinary surgery to be finally put to sleep by lethal injection.

These dogs should at the very least be entitled to a humane death. Destruction of greyhounds should only be performed by use of intravenous euthanasia, administered by qualified veterinary surgeons.

Following the controversial use of bolt guns by RSPCA inspectors a few years ago, the RSPCA requested the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) comment on their review of its 2004 euthanasia rules and guidelines. In April 2010 the RCVS announced that use of the captive bolt guns on dogs was inappropriate.

Defra have the power to end this cruel practice so we are calling on them to immediately abolish the use of captive bolt guns to destroy greyhounds in the UK.

For more information please click on the links below to read about Milton the greyhound and use of bolt gun in destruction.

http://www.cagednw.co.uk/ban-the-bolt.html 

http://www.cagednw.co.uk/greyhound-disposal.html

http://www.greytexploitations.com/resources-and-reports/a-license-to-kill               

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-396015/The-killing-fieldsof-10-000-greyhounds-old-race.html

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    1. Exploited Abused and Killed

      C.A.G.E.D North West
      Petition Organizer

      Please help us place a message on a 40ft illuminated billboard to prompt people into researching the cruelty of greyhound racing. We intend to place an image of falling dogs alongside text 'Greyhounds Raced to Death' and direct people to the Caged North West website, where plenty of information can be found in relation to the cruelty. Please help us achieve this to helps stop dogs suffering in silence. Please donate/share; http://www.gofundme.com/d2y8z4
      Please note; The content on the billboard shown is just an example.
      The billboard we intend to use will reach a mimimum of 160,000 views.

      Thank you for being their voice!!

      Click here to support BIG BILLBOARD FOR THE GREYS by Rita James

      We have been offered a reduction on a 98 sheet illuminated billboard in one of the busiest routes of Manchester!! This is a one off opportunity as we have been given almost a £3000 reduction from the original price. The billboard will be 40ft wide and is 98 sheet illuminated 'one of the largest i...

    2. BIG BILLBOARD FOR THE GREYHOUNDS.

      C.A.G.E.D North West
      Petition Organizer

      Do you wish you could tell hundreds of thousands of people about the cruelty in greyhound racing?, well your wish can come true as a mimimum of 164,000 people will see this illuminated billboard at one of the busiest junctions in Manchester this christmas providing we can raise the funds to pay for it. Any small amount is very much appreciated, thank you for being their voice!! (We will keep you updated)
      http://www.gofundme.com/d2y8z4?pc=fb_cr_o

      Click here to support BIG BILLBOARD FOR THE GREYS by Rita James

      We have been offered a reduction on a 98 sheet illuminated billboard in one of the busiest routes of Manchester!! This is a one off opportunity as we have been given almost a £3000 reduction from the original price. The billboard will be 40ft wide and is 98 sheet illuminated 'one of the largest i...

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    • Gwen Lewis BENOîTVILLE, FRANCE
      • about 7 hours ago

      A horrible way to treat animals.

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    • Julie Jones MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 10 hours ago

      No animal should have to suffer

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    • Connie Arnold SEATTLE, WA
      • about 11 hours ago

      This is GHASTLY.

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    • Cole Johnson MUSTANG, OK
      • about 15 hours ago

      Because I do not believe that these animals should be disposed of in the first place. They may not be good for racing for whatever reason, but they would make fine family companions. I can guarantee you that right now, there is some child out there that could one of these poor dogs could be a loving childhood companion to. Dogs are not known for having a long lifespan, but they are known for their love for their masters. These animals deserve a chance to enrich someone's life, and enrich theirs in the process. I would rather end the needless killing of these animals than abolish the tool used to do so, however.

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    • Ron Crutcher-Foltz PORTLAND, UNITED STATES
      • about 16 hours ago

      This practice is disgusting and inhumane.

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