We were concerned regarding the governments reluctance to impose Statutory Regulation following the inquiry undertaken by the Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare and also the inordinate delay for Secondary Legislation – further to the Animal Welfare Act – to be implemented for racing greyhounds and questioned just what the government’s financial involvement was in greyhound racing.

This document shows the gross profits the government made directly through the state owned Tote on greyhound racing during 2007 – a cool £19.4 million.

On top of this £19.4 million, £2.5 billion is wagered through all bookmakers annually on greyhound racing of which  the government receive approximately £70 million in tax – greyhound racing proving very profitable, considering the government do not incur any regulating or licensing costs.

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Government Tote Turnover – click on image to enlarge