PE01758: End greyhound racing In Scotland

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Petitioner: Gill Docherty on behalf of Scotland Against Greyhound Exploitation


Date Lodged: 23 October 2019

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to put an end to greyhound racing in Scotland. 

Petition History:

This petition has now been referred to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee. You can view any further updates on this petition on the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee's webpage

The petitioner has collected 1,733 offline signatures


21 November 2019: The Committee agreed to refer the petition to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee under Rule 15.6.2 of Standing Orders. Link to Official Report of Meeting 21 November 2019 

  • Why should greyhounds be regarded differently to beloved household pets?
  • Should we accept high rates of injury and death of an animal purely for our entertainment and titillation?
  • How should a ban be best enforced?
  • What timescale should this take place over?


Greyhounds are not afforded the same right as domestic pets even though they are dogs. Cases of drugging dogs with illegal substances such as cocaine and met-amphetamine have not been punished or addressed by the SSPCA. The GBGB have only addressed 1 case out of 10. Dogs are allowed to race in extreme heat when the guidelines for other dogs are not even to walk them when temperatures are high. Kennelled for 23 hrs in sparse conditions made to run during fireworks night and in ice and severe cold. Dogs killed for a broken toe due to not being financially viable and now exported to places like China where they are bred from until no longer of use and sent to slaughter for the dog meat trade in horrific conditions often boiled or skinned alive . Ban it now.

Tasmin Taylor

11:54 on 23 Oct 2019

Hate this sport. The abuse is awful. Please support the ban. I do.

Michelle Murray

10:33 on 23 Oct 2019

Pls stop the racing.

Ginny Johnson

23:00 on 12 Sep 2019

Greyhounds are amongst the most abused and exploited of all captive animals. It's time to set them free.

Catherine Saunders-Watson

23:00 on 12 Sep 2019

End greyhound racing

Brenda Miller

22:59 on 12 Sep 2019

End this torture for these beautiful, innocent dogs once and for all.

Michele Meli

22:58 on 12 Sep 2019

Dog racing is cruel and inhumane.

Gail Roberts

22:57 on 12 Sep 2019

Using animals as a form of entertainment is outdated and redundant. Greyhounds deserve to be treated as any other breed of companion dog, not used and abused by a few who think this sport is still relevant in 2019.

Anna Morten

22:57 on 12 Sep 2019

Greyhounds have to be regarded exactly like beloved household pets

Irène Brizard De Forges

22:56 on 12 Sep 2019

Greys are wonderful dogs and should never be abused!

Patricia McGrath

22:50 on 12 Sep 2019

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