Success! No More Dogs Will Be Forced to Race in Bolton

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We’re doing the equivalent of wagging our tails at the news that Bolton Council has accepted plans to close down Westhoughton Greyhound Stadium, ending unethical dog races in Bolton!

Greyhound racing involves exploiting animals for profit and gambling

In June, we shared the promising news that an application had been submitted to close the only remaining track in Bolton and redevelop the site for housing. A handful of dog-racing enthusiasts were threatening to derail those plans, so we asked you to take action. Thousands of you responded and wrote to Bolton Council to support the closure of the stadium, massively outnumbering the measly 17 objections sent in by people who enjoy watching dogs be exploited for money.

We wholeheartedly applaud Bolton Council’s decision to close the stadium. It’s the right move for animals, and as the site of the stadium will be used to build 38 homes, it will create about 60 new jobs, benefiting the local economy, too.

This is a nationwide trend. All over the country, dog-racing stadiums have been closing down as a result of dwindling attendance, a sign that the British public isn’t interested in watching dogs be exploited in order to line the pockets of the betting industry. Just as in the horse-racing industry, greyhounds are treated like commodities, often at the expense of their welfare.

As we all know, you can’t call something a “sport” when the “athletes” have no choice about taking part – and are likely to be abandoned, mutilated or killed if they don’t make the grade. After a few years of being carted from race to race and typically kept in cages and made to wear muzzles, many greyhounds are “retired” into an early grave or dumped onto the streets by trainers.

Thank you to everyone who wrote to Bolton Council with the message that animals are not ours to use for entertainment. Your voices gave compassion a head start, helping to ensure that fewer dogs will now be mistreated in these archaic races.

Image: Philandthehound / CC BY 2.0


  • WA commented on November 15, 2013 at 1:16 am

    Those horses who are trained and enslaved for horse racing should be set free too.

  • harry hill commented on November 15, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    thank you all

  • Pamela Smith commented on November 18, 2013 at 7:22 am

    Thanks to caged northwest who managed to pull the whole thing off with the help of their supporters.

  • admirer commented on November 18, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    great news! way to go!!! (:

  • goy commented on November 18, 2013 at 1:05 pm


  • Olga Gee commented on November 18, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    All thanks is due to local activists who worked ceaselessly towards this goal ! They have bombarded the public with information about the cruelty involved and they have stood in Bolton town centre and various other places getting names on over a thousand postcards against the local greyhound track , which were then posted to the council .Let us give THEM the credit for this great outcome !

  • Christine Davies commented on November 20, 2013 at 1:21 am

    Very well done to all concerned re stopping cruelty to greyhounds.Its about time people realised Animals feel pain and should be treated properly not to be used for amusement and financial gain. I wish a law could be passed to stop all dog and horse racing. Owners should find good homes for their animals when they are no longer needed.

    Keep up the good work thank you for all you do.

    Christine Davies.

  • Janice commented on July 13, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    we live in a village near the brighton and our next door young neighbour trains a group of dogs for racings he has about 10 dogs all kept in a small garage! we all the time hear their moaning we can imagine they are suffering its so hearth braking, hope some day finally these people stop enjoying this awful job!

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