‘You bet, they die’ message from animal rights campaigners outside Henlow Racing Stadium

Greyhound cruelty campaign at Henlow dog track, October 2014

Greyhound cruelty campaign at Henlow dog track, October 2014 - Credit: Archant

Campaigners who want to see a greyhound racing track shut down have hailed their latest protest a success and say they’ll be back later this month.

Greyhound cruelty campaign at Henlow dog track, October 2014

Greyhound cruelty campaign at Henlow dog track, October 2014 - Credit: Archant

Shut Down Henlow Racing Stadium held a candle lit vigil outside the Bedford Road venue on Saturday night.

Campaigner Bethan Roberts said: “Many of the people we spoke to committed to never attend greyhound racing again.”

Stadium promoter Kevin Boothby said the demonstrations, which have been taking place for six years, do not affect visitor numbers. “If they want to come every Saturday to protest that is fine, they have the right to do that,” he said.

“We have 70 to 80 trainers here and their dogs are their pets. When they have finished racing their dog is on their settee.”

Campaigners will be holding further demonstrations outside the stadium on Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 26.