Sad News for Dogs as Birmingham Opts to Keep Unethical Greyhound Stadium Open

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Birmingham City Council has voted to keep Hall Green Stadium open, a decision that means greyhounds could continue to suffer for years in unethical races at the track.

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Almost 8,000 compassionate PETA supporters signed a petition to the council urging it to accept a planning application that would have demolished the dog track and replaced it with much-needed housing and amenities for the local community. Yet even though planning officials initially recommended that this new proposal be approved, councillors voted against it 9-2 at a meeting on 23 June.

This is deeply disappointing news for everyone who cares about greyhounds. Forcing dogs to race is deeply unethical. They often incur painful injuries on the track and, between races, are usually kept locked inside cages for 95 per cent of the time, often muzzled, and carted from event to event. Many of them exhibit crate and muzzle sores and suffer from infestations of internal and external parasites.

Greyhound-Muzzle-We-AnimalsJo-Anne McArthur | We Animals

If they don’t run fast enough, these loyal dogs are often discarded like used betting slips. They may be mutilated to remove identifying marks and then abandoned or even killed.

We believe that Birmingham City Council has made the wrong decision, and we’re looking into ways to appeal it and end dog races at Hall Green. Thank you to everyone who’s supported the campaign so far – we’ll keep you posted about what’s happening next and how you can help.

Comments

  • Martina Schmidlin commented on July 5, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    Dear BirminghamCouncil,
    I believe you have made a very wrong decision in allowing this cruel sport to go on. I am sure the majority of your citizens feel ashamed that this is happening in the place they call home. Greyhound racing is a very dirty business with no consideration to the animal, only for the entertainment of some cruel brutal disrespectful sadistic people.
    You should seriously reconsider your decision and give the people of Birmingham something it can be proud of and set an example others will want to follow.

    Yours sincerely,

    • Linda Lavoie-Schaeffer commented on July 7, 2016 at 3:32 am

      Dear BirminghamCouncil,
      Greyhound racing is a very dirty business with no consideration to the animal, only for the entertainment .
      You should seriously reconsider your decision and give the people of Birmingham something it can be proud of and set an example others will want to follow.

      Yours sincerely,

    • olimpia marina commented on August 13, 2016 at 1:38 am

      We are outraged about this and demand to be stopped and prohibited immediately…we demand maximum sentence for cruelty caused to animals…..Maximum sentence behind bars.

    • Donna Price commented on September 10, 2016 at 11:59 pm

      Stop thinking about money and start thinking about compassion!

  • Teresa Hewett-Hicks commented on July 6, 2016 at 6:30 am

    I am sickened to hear that Birmingham City Council have gone ahead with this outdated, Horrible form of CRUEL ENTERTAINMENT for the benefit of the selfish humans whose only aim is to make money .
    SHAME ON THOSE WHO HAVE CONDONED THIS AWFUL PASTIME FOR CRUEL SELFISH HUMANS.

  • Chris tarris commented on July 19, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    this is sad disgusting news, greyhound racing is a barbaric practice, the rest of the WORLD is coming to terms with stopping it and they do this . SHAME ON YOU

  • Karen Packman commented on July 30, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Unfortunately there a still a large percentage of people in this world that are not happy unless they are killing exploiting shooting maiming or anything else they can think of doing to animals so that they can prove to themselves and other like minded people how strong and clever they are. We must try to understand these idiots and try to educate them. Until we achieve that animal cruelty will continue!

  • Jackie commented on August 4, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    To the Council of Birmingham I would like to know why you choose to allow this to carry on. What is you say on why it should stay open? Animals are suffering uneedlessley. It wouldn’t suprise me if council members attend these races or if in fact actually own some of these dogs for racing! You are a revolting, arrogant, shameful and very much heartless bunch of things! For those who chose to allow this when there is visible evidence of cruelty as the old saying goes…..what goes around comes around sooner or later! You deserve no less too!

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