Sir - As a national greyhound protection organisation we are full of praise for John Williams in his effort to walk 60 kilometres with 60 dogs to raise funds for Evesham Greyhound and Lurcher Rescue ("Dog-lover marks his 60th birthday with challenge", Worcester News, January 13th).

EGLR do excellent work, but sadly they, and the many other greyhound rescues throughout the country, are only able to save a small percentage of the thousands of dogs discarded by the racing industry every year.

Tragically, most of these "unwanted" greyhounds end up being put to death by breeders or trainers, if they prove to be unsuitable for racing or when their "careers" on the tracks come to an end.

Members of the public can help prevent this horrific situation by not attending or betting on greyhound racing, so this appalling death-industry fades away through lack of financial support.

Tony Peters

Media & Public Education Officer

Action for Greyhounds