Greyhound stadium closure is no loss
DEAR Editor, Where greyhound racing is no longer a popular spectator sport and there are serious concerns about the welfare of rejected or retired racing dogs, is the closing down of Hall Green Stadiums any real loss?
Like horse racing in the past 70 years, the sport is dominated by the gambling industry and anything that compromises betting interests will not be accepted.
The dogs began to lose appeal when off course betting became legalised, generating greater interest in backing racehorses.
There are racing dog owners who genuinely love and care about their dogs and who rehabilitate and re-home ex racing dogs, but this is not a sport that goes down well in today’s ethical and social climate.
Wimbledon Greyhound track closed down earlier this year and the large number of pet dog owners choosing greyhounds would make ending the use of electric hares heightening the hunter killer urge and breeding and training for hound and keep competitive running on.
Changes for the better. Whippets and lurchers adapt naturally to domestic lifestyles.
Let us hope that the site can be redeveloped for affordable housing, giving more homes and settled lives to the many in need of them.
Katherine Watson, Stockport