Portsmouth City Councillors votes to end bolt gun deaths

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COUNCILLORS have supported a movement to outlaw the use of bolt guns to kill ex-racing greyhounds.

Every member of Portsmouth City Council backed the motion at a full council meeting on Tuesday.

Currently, any person can legally use a bolt gun to kill a greyhound if they are the legal owner.

But in 2010, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons announced the use of these guns on dogs was ‘inappropriate.’

The council is now appealing to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to pass a motion to outlaw this way of killing dogs.

Councillor Sandra Stockdale, a Lib Dem councillor for the St Thomas ward, said: ‘Bolt guns should be abolished.

‘This has nothing to do with sentimentality, but to treat our fellow creatures on Earth as we wish to be treated.’

At the meeting last week, council members highlighted the importance of giving fair treatment to animals, and their entitlement to a humane death.

The use of bolt guns has been condemned because it does not always kill dogs instantly, instead leaving them to suffer for several hours.

Portsmouth’s own greyhound stadium closed in 2010.

The motion was put before Portsmouth City Council by Cllr Jason Fazackarley, a Lib Dem councillor for the Nelson ward.