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We advocate on all animal protection and exploitation issues, including experimentation, factory farming, rodeos, breeders and traveling animal acts.

Animal Defenders of Westchester
P.O. Box 205
Yonkers, NY 10704

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Stop Dog Racing

Campaigning by candlelight

Vigils in memory of greyhound victims

In support of International Animal Rights Day (December 10th), Greyhound Action supporters held candlelight vigils outside greyhound tracks at Brandon (Coventry), Glastonbury, Swindon, Walthamstow (London) and Great Yarmouth in memory of the countless greyhounds that have suffered and died at the hands of the dog racing industry.

The 8th globally recognised International Animal Rights Day (IARD),

co-ordinated by national animal protection organisation Uncaged Campaigns, was the most widely supported ever seen, with over 40 events across the UK, 6 in Ireland, 16 in France, 10 in Italy, and further events in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Russia, Israel, the USA, Mexico, Argentina, Nigeria, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. As well as dog tracks, vigils were also held at establishments involved in animal experiments, factory farming, bloodsports etc. (see http://www.uncaged.co.uk/iard.htm ).

As in the past, the greyhound stadium vigils played an important part in educating members of the public not to support commercial dog racing.

At Swindon leaflets were given to everyone going in, with some groups of young women bursting into tears when they read them, and there was news coverage on BBC Swindon and Wiltshire Sound all day and a piece in the local newspaper.

A good deal of public support was also in evidence at Walthamstow, where one group, who were visiting the stadium for a night out, were so horrified when they learned what happened to the dogs that they helped London Greyhound Action supporters give out a large number of leaflets to other members of the public.

Photos above from vigils at Swindon and Yarmouth.

Please feel free to forward/crosspost/circulate this message.

Louise & Tony,
Greyhound Action www.greyhoundaction.org.uk 

Lynn Collea-Price

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