This message received from UK ActionForGreyHounds:
GREYHOUND REMEMBRANCE WEEKEND – JULY 21st & 22nd In memory of all the dogs that have suffered and died because of the greyhound racing industry – Please try to take part in this important event.
Only a week to go, so order leaflets etc. now!
Greyhound racing in the UK began on July 24th 1926 at Belle Vue Stadium in Manchester.
Every year, on the nearest Saturday and Sunday to this date, we stage Greyhound Remembrance Weekend, in memory of the hundreds of thousands of dogs that have been abused and killed by the greyhound racing industry since that day.
The Weekend is marked by street stalls and demos/pickets on the Saturday and by remembrance ceremonies on the Sunday, when wreaths and flowers are laid outside greyhound stadiums, in memory of all the dogs that have suffered and been put to death.
Please let us know, as soon as possible, if you’d like to organise, or take part in, a Greyhound Remembrance Weekend event in your local area (call 01603 469864 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org).
We can supply leaflets, petition forms etc.
It would also help greatly if all our supporters/sympathisers could write letters to their local papers about Greyhound Remembrance Weekend.
Below is a sample letter you can send, or if you so wish, you can compose your own.
Do e-mail your letters to the papers as soon as possible, so you don’t miss their deadline for next week.
SAMPLE LETTER RE GREYHOUND REMEMBRANCE WEEKEND
July 21st and 22nd is Greyhound Remembrance Weekend, when events are held across the UK in memory of the hundreds of thousands of greyhounds that have suffered and been put to death in the 86 years since commercial greyhound racing began in this country on July 24th, 1926.
According to greyhound protection organisation Action for Greyhounds, as many as 10,000 greyhounds are still being “put down” every year, after failing to make the grade as racers or when their “careers” on the tracks come to an end.
An RSPCA report has stated that “at least 20 greyhounds a day – either puppies which do not make the track, or ‘retired’ dogs aged three or four – simply ‘disappear’, presumed killed”.
In addition, hundreds of greyhounds sustain serious, sometimes fatal, injuries whilst racing.
Members of the public can help put an end to this horrific situation by not attending dog tracks or betting on greyhound racing, so this appalling industry fades away through lack of financial support.
For more information, please visit the Action for Greyhounds website at www.actionforgreyhounds.co.uk
Action For Grey Hounds are a very active UK group focussed on the greyhound racing industry. Those involved in the greyhound issue should join their mail list.
Does anyone want to get this weekend going here in Australia?