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Good Morning Britain - GBGB Statement

The Greyhound Board of Great Britain declined an approach by Good Morning Britain in January to take part in a “debate” with unnamed anti greyhound racing groups on the question of “should greyhound racing be banned”. The GBGB declined the invitation for a number of reasons, but chief among them is that is our policy not to share a platform with animal rights extremists as that would legitimise them. As a result of that policy, no televised debate took place.

Caged Nationwide, Birmingham Greyhound Protection and Action for Greyhounds are not charities and are not accountable to anyone. They have a social media presence and are able to stage small demonstrations but their submissions to the 2016 Commons EFRA Select Committee were largely ignored by the Committee. The Greyhound Board of Great Britain, on the other hand, is recognised by Government as the official governing body for greyhound racing under the 2010 Welfare of Racing Greyhounds Regulations as part of the 2005 Animal Welfare Act.

The GBGB has always been willing to debate with legitimate animal welfare charities and has worked to improve greyhound welfare with the likes of the Dogs Trust, RSPCA and Battersea Dogs Home through the Greyhound Forum.

Good Morning Britain approached the GBGB again on Thursday with a number of questions that obviously originated from anti greyhound racing groups. Over the weekend questions regarding, among other issues, such topics as the export of greyhounds, doping, earmarking and identification and general welfare were all answered in full. At no point were we told, despite asking, who was going be representing the anti-greyhound racing lobby, except that it would a “greyhound charity”. Greyhound Birmingham Protection is not a charity.

On Monday evening we were informed that John McCririck had agreed to debate the issue of “should greyhound racing be banned” and we briefed and supported him accordingly. As expected, none of the questions that we answered over the weekend were raised again. It was only when the debate commenced was it revealed that Kerry Elliman of Birmingham Greyhound Protection was representing the anti-greyhound racing lobby. BGP’s website states 10,000 greyhounds go missing every year, which is totally incorrect as GBGB figures make clear.