Each year an estimated 10,000 ex-racing greyhounds are ‘unaccounted’ for — puppies that don’t make the grade, dogs that sustain injuries, are pregnant or unable to find homes, most are less than five years old.
Many of these dogs are disposed of in the most ‘economical’ way – by bolt gun.
Under existing UK legislation, any person can use a bolt gun to destroy a greyhound, if they are the legal owner. Attempted destruction of greyhounds by bolt has resulted in innocent dogs being left to suffer in agony for hours, before being found and taken to a veterinary surgery to be finally put to sleep by lethal injection.
These dogs should at the very least be entitled to a humane death. Destruction of greyhounds should only be performed by use of intravenous euthanasia, administered by qualified veterinary surgeons.
Following the controversial use of bolt guns by RSPCA inspectors a few years ago, the RSPCA requested the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) comment on their review of its 2004 euthanasia rules and guidelines. In April 2010 the RCVS announced that use of the captive bolt guns on dogs was inappropriate.
DEFRA have the power to end this cruel practice so we are calling on them to immediately abolish the use of captive bolt guns to destroy greyhounds in the UK.
For more information please click on the links below to read about Milton the greyhound and use of bolt gun in destruction.
[Petition Supported by Ricky Gervais and Jane Fallon]
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