To mark National Greyhound Day (June 2nd) Carolyn Thomas MS (North Wales – Welsh Labour), Jane Dodds MS (Mid and West Wales – Welsh Liberal Democrats), Janet Finch-Saunders MS (Aberconwy – Welsh Conservative), Peredur Owen Griffiths MS (South Wales East – Plaid Cymru) and Buffy Williams MS (Rhondda – Welsh Labour) are among the Members of the Senedd who have published a joint statement of opinion in support of ending greyhound racing in Wales.
During a debate in the Senedd in March 2023, wide ranging support was given from politicians to bring an end to greyhound racing. This followed a petition launched by Hope Rescue, which attained over 35,000 signatures and a report from the Senedd’s Petitions Committee, in which a majority of Committee Members announced support for greyhound racing coming to an end in Wales.
The Statement of Opinion hosted on the Senedd website has been published ahead of National Greyhound Day to recognise the sentient and innocent dogs currently exploited within the industry in Wales and to maintain the pressure for legislation to be brought in to end racing.
The statement reads:
- Notes the Senedd petition signed by 18,707 people from Wales, calling for a ban on greyhound racing in Wales
- Recognises the cross-party support in the Senedd and among the Welsh public for an end to greyhound racing in Wales
- Believes that the risk of injury and death to racing greyhounds for the purposes of entertainment are unjustifiable
- Recognises that there are welfare issues that affect racing greyhounds at every stage of their lives; from cradle to grave
- Encourages the Welsh Government to bring forward legislation to end greyhound racing in Wales
I am delighted that we can mark National Greyhound Day by bringing together all four parties represented in the Senedd to call for an end to greyhound racing in Wales. The unity of Welsh political party representatives on this issue shows the breadth of support for a ban. I am hopeful that the Welsh Government heeds these calls and brings forward legislation as soon as possible.
Greyhounds risk injury and even death every time they step onto the racetrack. It is unacceptable that dogs continue to suffer in the name of entertainment. The call to ban greyhound racing in Wales has support from members across the political spectrum. Together, we continue to call on the Welsh Government to lead the way and bring an end to this dangerous and harmful activity for good.
As we mark National Greyhound Day, I want to reaffirm my support for the campaign to end greyhound racing in Wales. We cannot ignore the mental scars that are left with these animals long after they are retired. There is only one track left in Wales and that is in my region. I would like our country to show an example to the rest of the UK by shutting this track down and ending this so-called sport.
There is strong, cross-party support in the Senedd to bring about an end to greyhound racing in Wales. As a nation of animal lovers there can be no place for such an activity. The welfare of the racing dogs must come first and I continue to press the Welsh Government to take action on this issue.