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CAMPAIGNERS AGAINST GREYHOUND RACING VISIT SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT
Campaigners took to the Scottish Parliament this week calling for a ban to greyhound racing.
As the Rutherglen Reformer reported in January of this year, 15 greyhounds had died at Shawfield Stadium in just three years, and a further 197 animals were injured in the same time span.
Recent photographs have shown the sorry state Shawfield Stadium is currently in with the images showing overgrown weeds and grass that cover standing areas, rusting gates and torn up floorboards.
It is also believed the majority of trainers who used the stadium have moved to other venues.
The demonstration followed a short debate in the Parliament calling for such a ban.
Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey, who supports a ban, has said Shawfield Stadium should be “repurposed” to better service the local community.
Commenting, Ms Haughey said:
“It was great to meet with campaigners and of course greyhounds at the Scottish Parliament.
“The campaigners do an excellent job in helping to rehome greyhounds and they have shone a light on the mistreatment and poor levels of care many of the racing dogs are subject to.
“With there being no greyhound racing at Shawfield Stadium since Covid, I sincerely hope there is no return to it locally and I would like to see the stadium repurposed in order to benefit the local community.”