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Greyhound racing to be debated by MPs

23 March 2022

On Monday 28 March, MPs will debate a petition relating to greyhound racing.

Christina Rees MP, a member of the Petitions Committee, has been asked by the Committee to open the debate. MPs from all parties can take part, and Jo Churchill MP, a minister from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, will respond for the Government.

Ban greyhound racing to end unnecessary deaths & suffering of racing dogs

The petition, which has more than 104,000 signatures, states: “The Government must introduce legislation to abolish greyhound racing, via managed shutdown of activities, and ensure welfare of redundant dogs through a levy on the industry. In 2019 Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) data confirmed 4970 injuries & 710 deaths (14 per week).”

In response to the petition, provided on 26 November 2020, the Government said: “Defra supports high welfare for racing greyhounds, considers that welfare concerns are being addressed in many ways, and believes a ban is unnecessary.”

What are petitions debates?

Petitions debates are 'general' debates which allow MPs from all parties to discuss the important issues raised by one or more petitions, and put their concerns to Government Ministers.

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