Photos: Animal Protection Groups Crash Greyhound Racing Stadium’s Opening Night

 Photos: Animal Protection Groups Crash Greyhound Racing Stadium’s Opening Night

Oxford – Today, ahead of Oxford’s first official greyhound race of the season, PETA supporters joined members of the League Against Cruel Sports and Oxford Vegan Action in causing a ruckus outside the reopened racing venue. They decried the cruelty inherent in greyhound racing, which often involves killing puppies in the name of “selective breeding”, keeping the surviving dogs caged and muzzled – leaving them at risk of sores and parasites – and abandoning or killing them once their bodies wear out.

Photos are available here.

The action follows a recent poll commissioned by PETA and the League Against Cruel Sports which found that a majority of Oxfordshire residents did not want greyhound racing to return to Oxford and did not plan to attend the races. Actor and Oxford native Miriam Margolyes has also spoken out against the races, saying, “Greyhound racing is one thing that should remain firmly in Oxford’s past.”

“Greyhounds are sensitive individuals, not moneymaking machines, and they deserve the same love and attention we lavish on other dogs,” says PETA Senior Campaigns Manager Kate Werner. “PETA urges everyone to boycott the races and cut off the cash flow that keeps this blood sport going.”

“The League will continue to call for an end to greyhound racing in Oxford until this so-called sport is permanently ended at Oxford Stadium and the dogs are finally safe from being injured or killed purely for people’s entertainment,” says League Against Cruel Sports Regional Campaigns Manager Emily Lawrence.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.


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