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Dogs Trust calls for statutory levy on bookmakers
The number of racing greyhounds being put to sleep or passing away in 2018 remained consistent with that of 2017.

Charity responds to latest figures on greyhound injuries

Rehoming and adoption charity Dogs Trust has called for a statutory levy on bookmakers to contribute towards the welfare of greyhounds.

The call comes after figures from the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) revealed that the number of racing greyhounds being put to sleep or passing away in 2018 remained consistent with that of 2017.

In a statement on its website, Dogs Trust hailed the report as ‘another step towards an open and honest greyhound industry’. But it stressed that the overall percentage of greyhounds passing away ‘is still too many’.

“We will continue to work with the industry via the Greyhound Forum to push for improvement to protect greyhound welfare both on and off the track as well as into their retirement,” the charity said.

“The need for additional funding is also paramount and we are calling for a statutory levy to require all bookmakers to contribute to the welfare of the greyhounds who are so critical to this industry.”

The report, The Greyhound Commitment - The First Year, revealed that out of 426,139 runs in 2018, there were 4,963 injuries. This is a racing injury rate of 1.16 per cent which is consistent with 2017.

In the same year, the number of greyhounds put to sleep trackside fell from 257 to 242.

The full report is available to view at www.gbgb.org.uk

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Pair of endangered Amur leopard cubs born at Colchester Zoo

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 Keepers at Colchester Zoo are hailing the arrival of a pair of critically endangered Amur leopard cubs.

The cubs were born to first-time parents Esra and Crispin on the 9 September. This is the first time the Zoo has bred Amur leopard cubs on-site.

Amur leopards originate from the Russian Far East and north-east China. In the wild they are threatened by climate change, habitat loss, deforestation and the illegal wildlife trade.

The cubs are said to be “looking well” and are expected to emerge from their den in a few weeks.  

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