WE'RE ONE STEP CLOSER!
The SAGE petition to end greyhound racing in Scotland was heard at the Scottish Parliament RAINE (Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment) Committee on 20th April 2022.
Two of the SAGE trustees presented evidence to support the need for a ban. The committee was very receptive to the information received. We are delighted to report they voted to keep the petition open.
With the support of Mark Ruskell from the Scottish Greens, we emphasised the apparent failure of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 in protecting greyhounds from "unnecessary suffering". We highlighted the inherent risk to life and limb from the track configuration itself. And we raised our serious concern about the lack of any regulation at Scotland's one remaining track.
You can watch the evidence session here.
The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, the British Veterinary Association, Fife Council, the Gambling Commission, the Greyhound Board of Great Britain, Police Scotland, the Scottish Animal Welfare Commission, the Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Thornton Greyhounds. Once they have gathered all the evidence a decision will be made on the next steps.
We also want to thank Scotland for Animals GREY2K USA OneKind League Against Cruel Sports - Scotland Group APDAWG, Say No to Greyhound Racing and the Scottish SPCA for the written submissions provided in support of the petition. We have no doubt that these, along with the many letters written to the MSPs on the committee by constituents, had a great bearing on today's outcome.
The fight isn't over yet. But with the SSPCA now supporting a ban we believe it will be difficult for the Scottish Government to defend their position that current legislation is sufficient to protect greyhounds.
The legislation places a duty of care on those responsible for animals to protect them from "unnecessary" suffering. We believe the suffering endured by racing greyhounds is unnecessary, whether the track is regulated or not.
Read the history of the SAGE Petion