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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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Responsible department: Department for Environment Food, and Rural Affairs

.@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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    • Julie Turnbull PLYMOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 17 hours ago

      No animal should be treated like this and anyone that does this should pay the penalty.

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    • Laura Lewis TAMWORTH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 24 hours ago

      Cruel and barbaric doesn't even begin to cover it. Ban it now!

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    • sara williams ST IVES, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 1 day ago

      Bloody Hell this is abysmal behaviour. it needs to be stopped.

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    • Alicja Błaszczyńska POZNAń, POLAND
      • 1 day ago

      i'm realy touched about lives of these dogs

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    • Pamela Allan GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 1 day ago

      Sickening

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