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Greyhound awareness weekend planned

NEXT WEEKEND (July 23rd and 24th), greyhound protection campaigners all over the country, together with their rescued greyhounds, will be holding street stalls, pickets of betting shops and remembrance ceremonies outside dog tracks as part of Greyhound Remembrance Weekend, a national event organised by leading greyhound protection group Greyhound Action.

Greyhound racing started in Britain at the Belle Vue track in Manchester in July 1926 - 79 years ago this month. Greyhound Remembrance Weekend is being held in memory of the hundreds of thousands of dogs which have suffered and died as a result of uncaring owners and uncontrolled practices within the sport since that day.

On Saturday, July 23rd, Greyhound Action supporters will be setting up street stalls, picketing betting shops and holding demonstrations outside greyhound tracks to educate the public about the suffering caused by the dog racing industry and to try to persuade them not to attend or bet on greyhound racing.

The following day, Sunday 24th, there will be further events, including remembrance ceremonies, when flowers will be laid outside greyhound stadiums. Campaigners, carrying banners and placards, with many accompanied by their rescued greyhounds, will hold a minute's silence in memory of the many thousands of greyhounds they claim are victims of commercial greyhound racing.

According to Floyd Amphlett, Editor of the racing journal Greyhound Star, writing in OUR DOGS last month, official Greyhound racing industry statistics show that around 10,000 racing Greyhounds are registered every year, of which 80% are Irish and 20% British, although the figure jumped to 13,000 in 2004 as a direct result of increased fixtures for betting shops, often referred to as ‘BAGS’ racing. The racing industry’s official welfare body the Retired Greyhound Trust re-homed 3,000 ex-racing dogs in 2004.