Grey­hound sta­dium clo­sure is no loss

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

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

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