SAY 'NO' TO ALL LIVE GREYHOUND EXPORTS FOR COMMERCIAL 'USE'
Greyhounds are suffering extensive abuse and inhumane death across the world due to the exports of Irish and UK greyhounds. Transporters/agents/breeders/trainers regularly export the dogs without any care for their wellbeing. Export of Greyhounds for Commercial USE* A) Many greyhounds exported from the UK and Ireland are sold or loaned out for breeding. Both female and male greyhounds can end up in breeding kennels living in severely 'inhumane conditions', often in excessively high temperatures until they can no longer produce, leading to years of misery and suffering. Each female may produce a litter of around 10 puppies and will be used to whelp as many litters as possible throughout her life. They may suffer infection or other serious complications during or after the birth, often with little or no vet treatment. One male can sire tens of thousands of dogs and will usually remain in a kennel for his entire life. B) While used for hunting these dogs sustain injuries such as being mauled by other animals, and receive no vet care often leading to a slow, painful death. C) Greyhounds are used for racing at both licensed and unlicensed racing tracks. When no longer fit to race (due to age, injury, etc.) the dogs become surplus to requirements, resulting in many being poisoned, bludgeoned, hung, or even slowly cooked to death as greyhounds are at present being found within the Chinese dog meat trade. D) Some individuals may proclaim to look after their imported dogs. However, with serious issues of poverty, lack of education, no access to vet treatment and unsuitable climate, these owners are unable to provide even the most basic of care such as proper diet or vaccines to prevent illness and disease. Only exports for the specific purpose of re homing via well established and reputable rescue can ensure that a dog's welfare needs will be met. Greyhounds, a unique breed A) Studies in the US have shown that greyhounds have type A Personalities, which makes them extra sensitive in stressful situations and can lead to excessively high blood pressure, causing a whole array of health problems including stroke and death. B) Greyhounds have universal blood, which makes them highly susceptable to being bled to death ('exsanguination') for profit, rather than being put to sleep using IV euthanasia when necessary. C) Greyhounds have very little fat on their bodies, making it very uncomfortable for them while crammed into crates or left to lie on hard surfaces. D) Greyhounds are temperature sensitive, meaning they do not have the ability to adapt to hot/cold climates, in the same way as some other breeds can. This can lead to overheating, seizure and horrific death. Why a blanket ban on all greyhound exports for commercial USE* is required The exports are creating mass breeding of greyhounds, meaning that millions will be exploited in the future. If we do not stop the exports now the problem will spiral out of control because of the growth of greyhound breeding facillities, dangerous race tracks and hunt kennels around the world, together with a lack of animal welfare laws in some countries and non enforced animal welfare laws in others. Animal welfare laws in some countries may not protect Greyhounds that are used for hunting purposes, although these laws may cover other breeds, dogs used for hunting may be exempt from any protection at all. Crucial to a blanket ban is the fact that some greyhounds are transported via intermediate countries to third countries.Below are just a few examples of the routes that can be used when travelling to Asia: Irish transports; Ireland to Spain to China - Ireland to UK to China - Ireland to Scotland to England to Pakistan - Ireland to US to India UK transports; UK to France to China - UK to US to India - UK to Pakistan. UK dogs are also returned to Ireland before travelling via the above routes. Say NO to a whitelist Due to greyhounds being shipped to third countries, a whitelist would NOT prevent greyhounds being exported to countries where there is little or no protection for them. We believe that a whitelist would encourage people to export greyhounds as they could transport dogs freely to borders that will allow them to be shipped to Asia and other parts of the world. We would therefore like to contain all Irish and British greyhounds within Irish/UK borders, with the exception of exports to assist European greyhound rescue organisations with their vital work. We would call for neutered/spayed dogs to be shipped from well established and reputable rehoming centres to those matching the same criteria overseas, and which have long term history of re homing dogs to a family environment for non commercial use. Greyhounds supposedly exported as pets We are aware that some greyhound trainers are deceptively exporting greyhounds, who are no longer registered to race, as 'pets'. These dogs are usually used for breeding, hunting and racing rather than homed as pets. In order to assist genuine pet exports in cases of immigration, a solution would have to be found to filter out such illegitimate exports. * We define commercial USE as being exchanged/loaned for personal financial or other gain, and/or being bought/borrowed to be used for breeding, hunting, fighting, showing or racing.
Ban Greyhound Racing
Irish greyhounds 'bred for the racing industry' are being forced to travel thousands of miles to countries where there are no welfare laws. Around 80% of dogs are sent to the UK from Ireland, but many later transported to countries like Pakistan to be used for racing, of where there are no animal welfare laws whatsoever to protect them from suffering and death. Irish, breeders/owners and trainers are also sending dogs to China where death is imminent. There seems to be no limits to what the racing industry are capable of, while disregarding the welfare of these highly sensitive dogs. The Irish and UK government have failed to prevent dogs being transported to countries where animal welfare laws are non-existent, therefore we the undersigned believe that the government and the racing industry have made no effort to protect these dogs. We call for an outright ban on greyhound racing with effect from 2020. A phase out of 4 years to ensure a minimal amount of surplus dogs will remain in 2020. The greyhound racing industry proves to be dependent on cruel practices. BAN IT NOW!!
Outlaw the use of high risk meat for the feed of greyhounds used for racing.
Greyhound trainers who give their dogs drugs to alter their performance on the race tracks may not be found guilty, due to confusion caused by them feeding their dogs contaminated meat. ABP1 and ABP2 meat is high risk as it can often be contaminated with drugs or otherwise. It is legal for a greyhound trainer/owner to feed their dogs meat that is NOT fit for human consumption, providing they hold a special license. You would not be allowed to feed this high risk meat to your pet dog. Greyhounds used to race have often been found to produce urine samples that are tested positive for drugs, which may alter the dogs performance while racing. The trainer/owner of a positive tested dog may be requested to attend a disciplinary hearing under the Greyhound Board of Great Britain regulations. In many cases greyhound trainer/owner have not been found guilty of administering any drugs to their dog after claiming they use high risk meat to feed their dogs - contaminated meat (ABP2) Many greyhound trainers/owners are not punished when dogs have tested positive for drugs as it is claimed in many circumstances to be impossible to define whether the drugs have entered the dogs system through contaminated meat or actual administration of drugs, therefore while it is legal to give the greyhounds high risk meat, there can never be truly effective disciplinary hearings in relation to doping of dogs and greyhound trainers/owners may continue to go unpunished as they are able to use the excuse of contaminated meat as the reason for their dogs testing positive for drugs. We believe that this petition should be taken very seriously as the legal feeding of meat that is not fit for human consumption jeopardises the welfare of greyhounds used to race in relation to doping and can also aid race fixing.
We call on you to end all promotion of the greyhound racing industry by ceasing all sales of promotional offers that involve greyhound racing.
Campaign groups estimate that approximately 10,000 greyhounds go unaccounted for, presumed dead each year in the UK. The greyhound racing industry is self regulated by the Greyhound Board of Great Britain [GBGB]. Campaign Groups believe that the GBGB is non-transparent and proving to seriously fail the welfare of the dogs. The UK is known for its large volume of animal lovers and the general public are becoming increasingly aware of the cruelty involved in forms of entertainment that use animals. We urge all members of the public not to support any company that endorses cruelty to animals by promoting any form of entertainment that uses animals to make profit with little or no concern of welfare issues.
.@DefraGovUK: "BAN THE BOLT" ABOLISH THE USE OF THE CAPTIVE BOLT GUN TO DESTROY GREYHOUNDS IN THE UK.
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