By Emma Butler, Head of Welfare Campaigns
Those of us supporting a phasing out of greyhound racing in the UK were eagerly watching the signatures on an online petition creeping up last week. This was followed by the huge satisfaction of watching the total number tick over the magic 100,00 figure, which could trigger a debate in Parliament.
And the petition to Ban greyhound racing to end unnecessary deaths and suffering of racing dogs has now been added to the list of petitions waiting for a debate in Parliament. Which means we are now eagerly awaiting the announcement of a date for the debate.
In the meantime there is still time to sign the petition and add your voice to those calling for legislation to abolish greyhound racing, via managed shutdown of activities, and ensure welfare of redundant dogs through a levy on the industry. The petition can be found here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/554073
Now, getting a debate in parliament is a huge success and was of course an aim of the petition. But, the huge number of signatories for this petition have achieved far more than this. This petition now demonstrates the huge support for bringing an end to greyhound racing in the UK. More than 100,000 people signed the petition. More than 100,000 people say it’s time to ban greyhound racing. That’s really something.