‘Air­lines should ban fly­ing them to their deaths’

Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

THOU­SANDS of dogs are shipped to the Far East from the UK and Ire­land each year, claims Rita James, founder of Caged which cam­paigns for the wel­fare of grey­hounds.

She said: “This is a huge prob­lem. Grey­hounds are mass bred to race and those who don’t make the grade are thrown away. Some are sold for peanuts to Chi­nese buy­ers – and sent to a ter­ri­ble fate. We hear of pup­pies and cham­pion rac­ing dogs shipped there and bred or raced un­til they can go no more, then sold for meat.

TER­RI­BLE

“Grey­hounds are ex­tremely sen­si­tive. They suf­fer high blood pres­sure and strug­gle with ex­treme cold and heat. They’re trav­el­ling for up to 40 hours in ter­ri­ble con­di­tions.

“It’s hor­rific. We in­ter­cepted a ve­hi­cle car­ry­ing 24 grey­hounds to Heathrow to fly out to China last year. We’ve heard them scream­ing in ter­ror and try­ing to eat their way out of cages.” Rita is work­ing with other char­i­ties to lobby air­lines to stop fly­ing grey­hounds for com­mer­cial use to China and other coun­tries with very few an­i­mal wel­fare laws.

She said: “The UK is sup­posed to be a na­tion of an­i­mal lovers yet dogs are be­ing sent to such a cruel fate.”

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