breeder sponsoring Coventry races
are claiming that a breeding kennels, exposed in the media earlier this
year for "offering to sell healthy young dogs to be killed and dissected
for research", is closely connected with Coventry Stadium.
to greyhound protection group Greyhound Action, Lincolnshire-based Zigzag
Kennels, which featured in a May 11th Sunday Times article, entitled "Greyhound
breeder offers slow dogs to be killed for research", sponsors several
major race meetings every year at the stadium, whose racecard regular displays
the words "In association with Zigzag Kennels" on the front.
Times reporter, Daniel Foggo, claimed in the article that Zigzag boss, Charles
Pickering, admitted to supplying "up to 30 dogs a year" to Liverpool
University for research purposes, after the greyhounds had failed to make
the grade as racers or when their racing days were over.
Peters, Greyhound Action's UK Co-ordinator, said: "Very sadly, it doesn't
surprise us in the least that there is a connection between Coventry Stadium
and these kennels.
to our research, over 15,000 greyhounds, bred for the British dog racing
industry, are put to death every year, after proving to be unsuitable for
the purpose or when their days on the track come to an end through age or
it is hardly surprising that some people within the racing industry should
seek to make extra cash from selling the bodies of these dogs for dissection.
one of Britain's 30 major greyhound stadiums, the existence of a track like
Coventry is responsible for the slaughter of over 500 greyhounds annually,
so the stadium owners aren't going to shirk at being connected with an establishment
Action believes that the only real solution to this horrific state of affairs
is for dog racing to be brought to an end at Coventry Stadium and for the
greyhound racing industry as a whole to be abolished, by making it illegal
to place or accept bets on dog racing."
the meantime it is important to educate the public to boycott greyhound
racing. If enough people refrained from attending dog tracks and stopped
betting on greyhound races, the industry would die out through lack of financial
information, contact Tony Peters on 01562 700 043 or 07703 558724.
See also the Greyhound Action website at www.greyhoundaction.org.uk
Sunday Times article at www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article3908388.ece