Over this coming weekend, April 30-May 1, events will be held across the UK as part of Remembering Rusty Weekend, to draw public attention to the plight of greyhounds.
May 2 is the seventh anniversary of the death of a greyhound called Rusty, who was shot by captive bolt, his ears cut off to prevent tattoo identification, then abandoned on a South Wales mountainside. A toe injury had put an end to his racing days. Poor Rusty, still alive, managed to wag his tail but had to be put down because his injuries were too horrific.
According to international greyhound protection organisation Greyhound Action, more than 10,000 greyhounds, bred for the British racing industry, are put down every year after failing to make the grade as racers or when their careers on the tracks end.
An RSPCA report on greyhound racing stated that at least 20 greyhounds a day - puppies which do not make the track, or ‘retired’ dogs aged three or four - simply disappear, presumed killed.
In addition, a large number sustain serious, sometimes fatal, injuries while racing, due to the dangerous nature of some tracks.
The public can help put an end to this by not attending dog tracks or betting on greyhounds, so this appalling death-industry fades away.
Learn more at www.greyhoundaction.org.uk
Jane Whitehead, Youlgrave