Yesterday the K9 Magazine reported how campaign group Greyhound Action are increasing their efforts to end greyhound racing at Peterborough Stadium after a number of recent deaths of greyhounds receiving injuries whilst racing on the track.

The report states:

“Greyhound Action was contacted by a sympathiser working at the stadium, who informed them that two
greyhounds had been “put down” last Saturday (October 18th), after sustaining serious injuries while racing there.

The two dogs who lost their lives were Glandore Queen, who collapsed after breaking a hock in the first race, and Hanoi Son, who smashed one of his hocks following a collision with another dog in race five.

Just three months ago there was an outcry amongst animal protection campaigners at the news that a greyhound (He’s A Cheetah) had broken his neck during a race at Peterborough and another (Milo Blackbird) had been “put down” after trying to play with other greyhounds during a trial at the stadium. And, in April, a greyhound called Ashwell Assassin collapsed and died following a race.

These latest revelations come just 6 months after a former trainer attached to the stadium was banned from keeping dogs following an RSPCA prosecution.”

Interviews with Tony Peters, Greyhound Action’s UK coordinator reveal ” These latest tragic incidents, very sadly, come as no surprise to us. Such horrific injuries to greyhounds racing on the tracks are all too common and we are often contacted by members of the public or sympathetic stadium workers who have witnessed them.

“Thousands of injuries to racing greyhounds occur every year, many of them serious. The main reason for this is that the shape of the tracks, with fast straights leading into tight bends, creates a very dangerous environment for dogs to run in.

“Because track owners fear they will lose money through racing being called off, races are quite often run in unsuitable conditions, which increase the risk of dogs getting injured.

“The injuries to Glandore Queen and Hanoi Son were obviously serious, but we would question the decisions to put them down. Broken hocks in greyhounds can be repaired and they can go on to live long and happy lives afterwards.

“Obviously, such dogs would no longer be any good for racing, which is why we believe the greyhounds’ lives were ended for commercial reasons, rather than out of genuine concern for their well-being.

“Sadly, even less serious injuries, which spectators may not be aware of, can still end up being lethal, as greyhounds are often “put down”, if it’s considered to be not worth the money to get them fit for racing again.”

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