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.

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  • 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

    • 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.

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

    I just hope any dogs still being raced get good homes

  • 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”
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    • 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

    THANK TO EVERYONE WHO DID THAT WORKXX AND THOSE WHO CONTRIBUTED, ‘THE WORK OF OUR HANDS ESTABLISH US THOU’

  • 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.

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