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Greyhound Racing in Scotland

  • Submitted by: Mark Ruskell, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party.
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 22 September 2022
  • Motion reference: S6M-05949
  • Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, 06 October 2022

That the Parliament notes reports that the last licensed greyhound racing track in Scotland, Shawfield Stadium, Rutherglen has not been operational since March 2020; further notes the Scottish Animal Welfare Commission's view that there should be an end to greyhound racing at unlicensed tracks, including, it understands, the last remaining track at Thornton in Fife; acknowledges reported animal welfare concerns linked with greyhound racing, including neglect, malnutrition, doping with Class A substances, lack of adequate healthcare provision, and severe and fatal injuries; highlights the latest reported data released by the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) regarding Shawfield Stadium, reporting 197 injuries and 15 deaths between 2017 and 2020; understands that there is no similar data at unlicensed tracks where there is no official regulatory body present to ensure that animal welfare standards are met, and commends campaigners and rescue organisations for their ongoing rehoming and awareness-raising work, including the Scottish SPCA, One Kind, Dogs Trust, Blue Cross, RSPCA, League Against Cruel Sports Scotland, Scotland Against Greyhound Exploitation, and others.

Supported by: Karen Adam, Colin Beattie, Sarah Boyack, Ariane Burgess, Maggie Chapman, Foysol Choudhury, Natalie Don, Maurice Golden, Christine Grahame, Ross Greer, Emma Harper, Bill Kidd, Monica Lennon, Fulton MacGregor, Gillian Mackay, Rona Mackay, Ruth Maguire, John Mason, Liam McArthur, Paul McLennan, Stuart McMillan, Jenni Minto, Audrey Nicoll, Paul O'Kane, Emma Roddick, Colin Smyth, Paul Sweeney, Mercedes Villalba, Annie Wells, Tess White