At GREY2K USA Worldwide, we stand in solidarity with these grassroots groups. At the same time, we are excited by the emergence of a new voice for British greyhounds. The League Against Cruel Sports is an effective, established, savvy organization. Formed in 1924, the League advocates for animals through many means, including investigations, campaigning, and lobbying.
Three weeks ago, GREY2K USA Worldwide President Christine Dorchak and I joined the League at a special event in Parliament, where we released a joint report. The State of Greyhound Racing in Great Britain covers humane, economic and regulatory issues. It also calls for the following changes:
- A public review, by lawmakers, of current greyhound welfare regulations.
- Independent regulation of the greyhound industry. Right now, the industry regulates itself, a policy that has proven to be disastrous.
- Full public reporting on greyhound injuries, breeding, import and export, transport, daily living conditions, retirement, adoption and euthanasia.
- A prohibition on the use of anabolic steroids to prevent estrus in female greyhounds.
- A moratorium on the opening of any new dog tracks.
- A system to track every racing greyhound, from birth to death.
- A legal requirement that every racing greyhound ultimately be adopted.
- New licensing requirements for greyhound breeding.
These are all common sense measures that will help thousands of dogs. More importantly, they will begin to lift the veil of secrecy that now shrouds the greyhound industry.
This is the industry's last chance. It can either make real reforms or face a full-blown campaign that will not stop until commercial dog racing is prohibited. Either way, I'm convinced that change is inevitable in Great Britain. There is now a broad based coalition for the dogs, a partnership of grassroots advocates from all over the country joined with an effective national organization.
This coalition has already made an impact: the release of a landmark report, a powerful video, and the launch of an official government petition that already has nearly 15,000 signatures. These are the first achievements for a campaign that has the potential to move mountains.
The British greyhound racing industry has nowhere to run, and can no longer hide.