Photos: Pack of ‘Greyhounds’ Urges Birmingham Council to Close Hall Green Stadium
For Immediate Release:
26 May 2016
Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]
PHOTOS: PACK OF ‘GREYHOUNDS’ URGES BIRMINGHAM COUNCIL TO CLOSE HALL GREEN STADIUM
PETA Supporters Hand in 7,000+ Signatures Calling For End to Cruel ‘Sport’
Birmingham – Wearing greyhound masks and holding signs which read “New Homes – Yes. Greyhound Cruelty – No”, PETA supporters rallied outside Birmingham’s council offices today to hand in over 7,000 signatures in support of a proposal to close down Hall Green Stadium, which hosts weekly greyhound races. The action follows a planning application which has been submitted to redevelop the site to build much-needed housing and open space that will benefit the local community.
“As lagging ticket sales show, more people than ever are opposed to breeding dogs for speed at the expense of their health”, says PETA Director Mimi Bekhechi. “Closing this stadium, which currently hosts weekly races, would strike a powerful blow against the cruel greyhound-racing industry.”
With attendance tanking at inhumane greyhound races across the country, PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – notes that greyhound racing is a profit-driven industry that has little regard for the well-being of the dogs involved. Many puppies are killed in the name of “selective breeding” before they ever touch a racetrack. Dogs who do qualify to become racers typically live in cages and are kept muzzled by their trainers. Many exhibit crate and muzzle sores and suffer from infestations of internal and external parasites. Once their racing days are over, dogs are often discarded like used betting slips. Some have their ears cut off to remove identifying tattoos and are then abandoned or killed.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.