Victory at Last! Birmingham Council Approves Closure of Cruel Greyhound Stadium After All

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Unethical dog races are now set to end at Hall Green Stadium in Birmingham.

Victory for dogs as WImbledon Greyhound Racing Stadium closes

It’s been a long campaign – but now, finally, Birmingham City Council has approved plans to demolish a dog-racing track in the southeast part of the city and replace it with much-needed new housing for the local community. This is great news for everyone who cares about greyhounds.

Forcing intelligent dogs to race around a track in order to line bookmakers’ pockets is cruel and archaic. A 2014 report on UK greyhound racing found that dogs used for racing spend 95 per cent of their time in small and barren kennels, are often kept muzzled for long periods of time, and frequently suffer from untreated injuries, malnutrition, and other distressing health conditions. Around 10,000 dogs are deemed “surplus to requirements” every year and may be abandoned, killed, or even sold to laboratories for dissection.

Greyhound Sad WAJo-Anne McArthur | We Animals

Almost 8,000 compassionate PETA supporters signed a petition to Birmingham City Council supporting the closure of Hall Green Stadium, while local groups such as Birmingham Greyhound Protection have been campaigning on the ground to stop these races. Yet last month, the council voted to keep the unethical racing track open.

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Many concerned residents got in touch with their local councillors to express their disappointment at this wrongheaded decision – thank you if you were one of them. And this week, the council had another meeting, reconsidered the evidence, and – this time – came to the right conclusion! Councillors have now approved the planning application to replace the dog track with up to 210 new houses.

One step at a time, we’re making progress in preventing dogs from being abused for entertainment. A few weeks ago, New South Wales in Australia took the historic step of banning greyhound races outright. In the UK, ticket sales are dwindling and tracks all over the country are closing down. With your support, we’ll soon end these cruel races.



  • Liz phillips commented on July 25, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    What will happen to all the dogs now

    • philip k thorpe commented on July 30, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      Yes what will happen to the dogs now

      • Ray Wright commented on November 5, 2016 at 12:46 am

        Simple. At Peterborough’s race track they employ a welfare officer. One of the jobs they have is to help find homes for these gorgeous creatures. We had a Grey who lived until 14 years old. We definitely intend to rehome another soon to keep our rehomed Lurcher company. Greys are a lazy dog who enjoy a few short walks a day and are never any problem. Great with kids and elderly alike.

      • Beth commented on November 7, 2016 at 1:49 pm

        As a previous owner of twelve racing greyhounds the reply posted by Ray Wright is not even close to accurate..Proper rehoming of a racing greyhound is NOT simple as he says. In fact the loose answer he gives sounds typical of the scum element of some of the people involved in the greyhound industry..

    • Podge commented on July 30, 2016 at 7:15 pm

      I guess it depends on the trainers and owners, but the dogs may well suffer the same fate as they do year after year after year while racing continues.

      • Ray Wright commented on November 5, 2016 at 12:55 am

        Absolutely right but rehoming isn’t rocket science so …… the answer is clear. It must be made statute law that a Greyhound must be accounted for from the day it is born until the day it dies. This can be achieved by a passport that carries the tattoo marks that the dog has, (and I’m against tattooing them in the first place), in it’s ear/s and an account of where the dog has gone when finished racing. If the owner claims the dog has been PTS then the Vets practice address, signature and stamp must be entered into the passport. If the dog is rehomed then the name and address of the new owner must be entered in it with a signature of a witness such as a Vet. The Vet will want the business of a new client so they are the best witness. It isn’t difficult, just needs legislation properly made.

  • linda miller commented on July 25, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    I just hope any dogs still being raced get good homes

    • Ray Wright commented on November 5, 2016 at 1:00 am

      Not difficult. They make fabulous pets. Pretty much lazy and always grateful for a new home. Fantastic with kids, the elderly love them because they are slow, calm and well tempered. Everybody loves meeting a Grey when being walked as they are so elegant. Its often said that a Grey only recognises another Grey as a dog is quite often true. Our boy would largely ignore other dogs until another Grey approached and then his tail would rise and wag like mad. Lovely lovely dogs. And please remember that black male Greys find it hard to find homes because people want brindled and mixed colour dogs. We are getting a whole black dog soon.

  • Sarah commented on July 27, 2016 at 9:53 am

    One victory! Now it needs to ne nationwide. This is a cruel barbaric blood sport with thousands of greyhounds ,kept in cages 23 hours a day, doped, and if not fast enough killed each year ban the cruel greyhound racing “industry”

    • Ann Smith commented on July 30, 2016 at 9:30 am

      Absolutely Sarah. We as a nation need to make this a permanent ban over the whole country and take responsibility for these beautiful creatures & rheum them. I’ve had many rescue Greyhounds & they make the most wonderful pets

      • Ann Smith commented on July 30, 2016 at 9:31 am

        Absolutely Sarah. We as a nation need to make this a permanent ban over the whole country and take responsibility for these beautiful creatures & rehome them. I’ve had many rescue Greyhounds & they make the most wonderful pets

  • Rozmin Samji commented on July 30, 2016 at 10:11 am

    It is awful.

  • Madeleine Smith (Maddie/Mandy) commented on July 30, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Beautiful noble animals a real pleasure to ownxx

  • sue higgins commented on July 30, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    brilliant news for the greyhounds and I just hope that they will not be killed off if they can’t find homes !

  • LINDA WEIR commented on July 30, 2016 at 5:35 pm


  • N.L commented on July 30, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    I hope the animal activists can help to find new homes for all the greyhounds affected. Otherwise, they would be put down.

  • MARIE watson commented on July 30, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Great news great work from the worlds most caring humans xxx

  • JULIA FISH commented on August 3, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    This proves the power of petitions and never giving up on a cause that you believe in, We are all passionate about helping animals in need, please continue to put pressure on the authorities and individuals that abuse these creatures.
    Thank you all.

  • Debs Cooke commented on November 4, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    I am so pleased another cruel venue has closed down, we must keep fighting to close all these inhumane and vile race tracks, these poor greys are treated with contempt and like money making machines without a thought for their welfare or mental health. Greyhounds are such a wonderful laid back breed, and they make great pets, to use and abuse these loving dogs is a crime near to murder, and these evil morans that race them over and over again then disgard them as rubbish, need to serve a prison sentence that equals such a barbaric crime.

  • Ray Wright commented on November 5, 2016 at 1:05 am

    I become very angry and frustrated with people who go out of their way to buy an expensive ‘bred’ dog like a Husky or other expensive pedigree dog when so many are in shelters trying to find that special home.
    Not only are they depriving these beautiful, gentle dogs a loving home, but dogs like the Husky, Alsatian and others with thick long coats are totally unsuited to our summer climate and really suffer in the heat.

  • Rory Savin commented on November 6, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    Absolutely Disgusting.

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