Commercial Dog Racing - funded and controlled by the gambling industry - is dependent on inherent cruel practices for its financial viability :
- The culling of healthy puppies that fail to chase the mechanical lure or are too slow to 'make the grade'
- The destruction of healthy greyhounds deemed no longer suitable as a 'betting product' - too old or slow - if no retirement home can be found.
- The destruction of dogs that sustain treatable but 'career ending' injuries on the dangerously configured tracks designed purely for the spectator.
- In 2016 the racing industry failed to account for over 10,000 greyhounds bred for British racing - despite much of the data collected by them via the GBGB Retirement Form
Greyhounds unaccounted for
In 2016 the racing industry failed to account for over 10,000 greyhounds bred for British racing - 85% of which are bred in the Republic of Ireland - despite much of the data collected by them via the GBGB Retirement Form. Efra estimate that 3,700 of those 10,000 greyhounds go unaccounted for after they have finished racing and earned the bookmakers millions of pounds profit.
"Greyhound racing is a self-regulating gambling business that depends on the uncontrolled breeding and unaccountable disappearance of thousands of dogs every year. That is a situation that is unacceptable and indefensible"