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THE Scottish Greens have welcomed a government commitment to review greyhound racing after making a bid to ban the “unacceptably cruel sport” in Scotland.
The party took its bid to the Scottish Parliament yesterday, with the call for a ban supported by animal welfare groups.
The Scottish government has now agreed to incorporate greyhound racing into its review of the licencing of animals in performances.
Green MSP Mark Ruskell, who lodged yesterday’s motion at Holyrood seeking a ban, said: “I am delighted that the Scottish government has made this commitment.
“It is a vital step on the journey towards a full ban of this cruel sport.
“Every dog deserves to live a full and happy life. Greyhound racing is an exploitative industry that has no place in modern Scotland.”
Scotland’s last licensed greyhound track, Shawfield in South Lanarkshire, has not staged races since March 2020, but the sport continues at unlicensed tracks.
The Greyhound Board of Great Britain reported 197 injuries to greyhounds and 15 deaths at Shawfield between 2017 and 2020.
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