News Blog Open letter to phase out greyhound racing surpasses 20,000 signatures 06-11-23 We are delighted to have crossed the finish line on our open letter to phase out dog racing in Scotland. Having launched the campaign in June, we have already surpassed our signature target of 20,000! We are grateful to have garnered so much support for our Unbound the Greyhound campaign coalition. Together, people from across the world have raised their voices in support of an end to greyhound racing in Scotland. Open letter hand-in We will be handing in the open letter to the Scottish Government in due course. In the meantime, the open letter remains open for any further signatures. Our campaign doesn't stop now, however. We have exciting plans for 2024 that we can't wait to share with you. You can trust that we won't stop campaigning until greyhound racing ceases to exist in Scotland. Campaign highlights Campaign launch In June, we launched our Unbound the Greyhound campaign coalition in Glasgow's city centre. Alongside our four-legged campaigners, we chatted to passers-by about the welfare issues of greyhound racing, encouraged them to sign the open letter and then, of course, to spend time with our attention-loving hounds! Calls to end greyhound racing projected onto Shawfield Stadium On the first day of the Greyhound Board of Great Britain's (GBGB) 'Greyhound Week'- a week 'to showcase the joy and excitement of greyhound racing'- we projected the text 'End dog racing in Scotland' onto Glasgow's former GBGB racing track, Shawfield Stadium. We also projected our call onto 4 other notable buildings in Scotland and an animated video telling the story of the lives of fictional greyhounds, Bob and Bea, onto central buildings in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Celebrities lend their support We've been blown away by the celebrity support for Unbound the Greyhound. Ricky Gervais, Chris Packham, Peter Egan, Megan McCubbin, David Olusoga, Lucy Watson and Carol Royle have all endorsed our open letter! Frontman of rock band, Biffy Clyro, Simon Neil and frontman of Napalm Death, Barney Greenway, also very kindly allowed us to use their photos with four-legged hound rockstars, Kaas and Bami. It has been incredibly encouraging to see such prominent figures in Scotland and across the UK publicly demonstrate their support for an end to dog racing in Scotland. Bus stop ads We promoted our campaign to end greyhound racing on bus stop shelters and telephone boxes throughout Edinburgh and Glasgow. The ads contained a QR code which allowed people to scan through to sign our open letter to add their signature and learn more about the campaign. We received many selfies from supportive members of the public and their dog companions! Unbound the Greyhound members speak at global conference We were delighted to be invited to speak at the Greyhounds Around the Globe conference in Edinburgh. Organised by Unbound the Greyhound coalition member, GREY2K USA Worldwide, the conference saw charities and activists from across the world come together to discuss strategies to put an end to dog racing. OneKind discussed the work of the Unbound the Greyhound coalition, while fellow coalition members, Hope Rescue and League Against Cruel Sports, discussed their work in Wales and England respectively. Two of our incredible coalition members, Scotland Against Greyhound Exploitation (SAGE) and Say No to Greyhound Racing in Scotland, also picked up awards for their tireless work to end greyhound racing. LUSH x Unbound the Greyhound LUSH Edinburgh were kind enough to invite the hounds and humans of Unbound the Greyhound into their store to raise awareness of our campaign to phase out dog racing. All proceeds for their charity pots that weekend also went directly to our campaign to end dog racing in Scotland.