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Animal campaigners picket hotel
Greyhounds
Campaigners say about 15,000 greyhounds are killed every year
Campaigners opposed to greyhound racing are to demonstrate outside a London hotel where the sport's annual prize giving ceremony is taking place.

Greyhound Action members will protest outside the Royal Lancaster Hotel in Bayswater where the British Greyhound Racing Board (BGRC) is meeting.

Greyhound Action supports the abolition of the sport.

But the BGRC said significant progress in dog welfare has been made over recent years.

Tony Peters, from Greyhound Action said their aim was to "vociferously" bring home to BGRC members "exactly what we think about their disgusting so-called sport".

But the BGRC has accused the campaigners of failing to acknowledge progress made over the last 10 years to improve the welfare of greyhounds.

"It's a shame that Greyhound Action can't sit round a table with us and debate reasonably and help us to improve welfare," said Peter Laurie, the BGRC's welfare officer.

"Instead they seem to just want to call for the complete abolition of what is Britain's third most popular spectator sport."

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