Victory for Dogs! Council Votes to Close Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium

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UPDATE: Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium Can Finally Be Shut Down

The unethical dog-racing track will now be turned into a football stadium and new affordable housing.

Victory for dogs as WImbledon Greyhound Racing Stadium closes

Merton Council just voted to approve a planning application that will close down Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium and transform it into a sports ground exclusively for willing, human participants. This is great news for greyhounds and for everyone who believes that animals should not be exploited for human entertainment.

The decision comes after years of campaigning by local groups and almost 15,000 PETA supporters signed a petition to the council.

The greyhound-racing industry is notorious for discarding animals like used betting slips once they’re no longer considered “useful”. Many puppies are killed in the name of selective breeding before they even get close to a racetrack. Others endure years of being caged and muzzled by trainers before they, too, are abandoned or killed. Ex-racing dogs have even been found with their ears cut off to remove identifying tattoos.

Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium is one of the oldest dog-racing tracks in the country. Its closure comes after years of dwindling ticket sales and is further evidence that the greyhound-racing industry is truly on its last legs. Numerous other racetracks across the UK have also closed in recent years.

This trend is one that all compassionate people can celebrate. Thank you to everyone who signed the petition: your actions have helped prevent more dogs from suffering for “sport” and relegated this archaic track to the history books.


  • Lorraine commented on December 11, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    All cruelty to animals should be stopped!

    • David Pickles commented on June 19, 2016 at 8:31 pm

      I agree, animal cruelty is the last thing anyone wants. But, sadly, you are as blinkered as the greyhounds. You see, Wimbledon Stadium, as it presently stands, would never have survived without a thing called speedway racing, which had regular crowds of 25-40,000 there every week from 1946-1956. Even during the 1960’s and up to the mid 1970’s over 12,000 people crammed into Plough Lane each week to watch their heroes tear around the track on 500cc bikes, with no brakes.

      So, rather than just concentrate on greyhounds, you may like to consider that thousands of speedway fans and also stock car and banger racing fans will be done out of their sport.

      I love dogs, don’t get me wrong, but they aren’t the be all and end all.

  • Fred Done commented on December 11, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Damn that sucks, I loved the Wimbledon greyhound derby!

    • Joan Thresher commented on January 6, 2016 at 10:45 am

      I went to a dog race track many.many years ago,,,Never again! We stood at the side of the ‘hurdle’ and two poor creatures broke their legs jumping over, I have never forgotten it. They led there howling in pain until some person ‘cleared’ them away.

  • Ruth Walters commented on December 12, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    Is there a campaign to shut Great Yarmouth stadium in Norfolk?

  • Ryan Smith commented on December 13, 2015 at 6:48 am

    You people really are scum! Greyhound racing won’t die EVER! You take a few bad eggs and tar everybody in the industry with the same brush! The sooner Peta is obliterated the better! You don’t give a flying fcuk about animals but only pathetic anarchist behaviour! Scum of the earth! Parasites!

    • Caroline commented on December 14, 2015 at 12:53 pm

      Goodness, this must have impacted on you significantly. I can only imagine that you are involved in greyhound racing which is why you are so angry and abusive!!

    • Ray Cowan commented on December 22, 2015 at 4:36 pm

      Find something else to do in your drab boring life instead of breeding Greyhounds and killing off the ones that don’t make it.

    • Sylvia commented on December 22, 2015 at 5:41 pm

      Mr Ryan Smith

      PETA have done you a tremendous favour. The money you were losing on betting on those poor dogs can now be used by you for therapy. Clearly you are in need of some!

      Well done PETA. Keep up the brilliant work.

    • Evelyn Ball commented on December 22, 2015 at 9:32 pm

      Trip to your psychiatrist is advised. Must be involved in greyhound racing if you support that crap and animal abuse. Get your head out of the sand!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Di Purdue commented on January 16, 2016 at 4:03 pm

      I was very sad to read your post. Actually PETA and many other organisations do a considerable amount to help our animal brethren by countering and discouraging cruelty experienced by them at the hands of humankind. If only all humans could truly understand the brotherhood of all beings, they would be unable to exploit, or cruelly treat even one animal. Only conscience, kindness, compassion, respect and gentleness are required for this.

    • Dave commented on January 19, 2016 at 9:45 pm

      Totally agree mate!

  • Taz commented on December 16, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Wow brilliant victory for both the animals and the people who fight for their rights -Keep up the good work – you are a credit to the human race..

    • Ryan Smith commented on December 17, 2015 at 10:29 am

      A small victory for you parasite’s but Greyhound racing will never ever die !!!! Enjoy your brief moment of gloating but the hares will keep on running !!!

      • James Burdass commented on May 25, 2016 at 10:13 am

        I am a fan of greyhound racing and believe the owners love their dogs, the sport has taken many measures to reduce harm to the dogs and that the sport will continue for many years to come.

  • Taz commented on December 16, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Some people do not even know what cruelty is to animals , and play it down,,the same way abusers dont know the harm they cause to the innocent,ignorance is bliss everything and cognitive dissonance is alive and well in non informed.

  • angelhope commented on December 17, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    At last . . .

  • MaryAlice Pollard (@CornwallsVoice) commented on December 22, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    This is an amazing Christmas Gift !
    Thank you to EVERYONE who made this possible -:)

  • Roger Brenton commented on December 22, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    Great news for the dogs and for the football club. Everyone’s a winner – except Ryan Smith and his ilk.

    Back o’ the net!!

    • David Pickles commented on June 19, 2016 at 8:47 pm

      Roger Brenton and the football club.

      Why don’t you get back where you belong? Want it both ways? Sold out of Plough Lane, by scarring it with hundreds of flats, to make loads of money. Then your withering club collapsed into a heap of nothing. Then you climbed the greasy pole to get your way back, now you want to get back into Merton. At the expense of the dog/speedway/stock car track? Of course! Nothing to do with football right? You greedy lot always want both ends of the candle and all of the cake.

      Well, I hope the Mayor kicks your greedy and money grabbing plan into touch, and you are consigned to the outback where you justly belong.

      Up yours and your stinking football club.

  • Suzy2 commented on December 22, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    I hope all animal entertainment for humans is stopped. We have No moral right to use another living thing for our entertainment.

  • Alison Hampson commented on December 23, 2015 at 6:56 am

    Greta news lets hope they all close, those poor dogs especially Irish greyhounds poor souls that have suffered through mans greed .

  • john taylor commented on December 23, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Keep up the good work , Now we need the same to happen to Hunting wildlife that still goes on.

  • Waldo commented on January 3, 2016 at 10:10 am

    We made it guys 🙂

  • Joan Thresher commented on January 6, 2016 at 10:48 am

    I wish all tracks were closed, especially in Ireland where cruelty is rife,

    • clive commented on February 13, 2016 at 12:16 am

      Really, id bet 20 quid that you ve never even been there. You lot really get off on this dont you . Make sure that you have the facts before you make such pathetic accusations without bothering to do the correct research. Long live Greyhound Racing.Oh and by the way motor sport is also staged at wimbleledon so all those good peoples fun is spoilt too just for the sake of a sunday league football team whos fan base can be counted on the fingers of one hand. Bunch of saddos get a life

      • David Pickles commented on June 19, 2016 at 8:35 pm

        Rock on Clive!

        100% correct.

        These animal saddos only think one way. Well, there was speedway (hopefully again) and there IS stock car and banger racing to consider also.

        The selfishness here knows no abounds.

  • David Pickles commented on June 19, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    Actually Ann, I must admit, after reading your details, you know absolutely NOTHING about Wimbledon Stadium, or it’s history. For a start, it’s WIMBLEDON STADIUM – NOT WIMBLEDON GREYHOUND STADIUM. As I have pointed out, it used to run speedway racing (motorbikes to the uninitiated), which was far more popular than greyhound racing ever was. It also currently runs stock car and banger racing, so why should it close just because of your obsession with animals?

    It shouldn’t – especially to make way for yet another football stadium.

    It should stay open. For greyhound, speedway, stock car, and banger racing. Oh, and how’s about a few concerts there with it’s 25,000 capacity to keep it going. One of the last ovals in London – it has to stay.

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