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Re: “Greyhounds put in harm's way so racino can prosper

This article is loaded with inaccuracies.

1) Greyhounds are not "shot up" with steroids. This statement leads the uninformed to believe that greyhounds are administered outlawed substances, such as what we hear of occurring in professional sports & body building. Greyhound females are administered a medicinal dose of methyltestosterone or Mibolerone (Cheque Drops), which has also been used in humans and other species, to prevent their coming into heat. Both methods of estrous suppression have been approved and used in dogs for more than 60 years.

2) Injury rate - The overall injury rate in racing greyhounds is less than 1%. Grey2k is fond of reciting the number of injuries sustained by greyhounds while racing, over a given period of time at a given racetrack. What they never do is to include the number of opportunities there were for the greyhounds to have sustained those injuries. For example, on a typical program of racing, there might be 15 individual racing events. There are 8 greyhounds in each of those events….therefore, 8x15=120 “opportunities to sustain an injury” of any type while racing---in only one night of racing activity. Each and every statistical analysis of the number of injuries versus the number of opportunities to sustain an injury, however slight, has shown that the RATE of injury is always just a mere fraction of one percent. That rate of injury, however, is never compared to the injury rates of other unique groups of working or sporting canines, nor to the general canine population.

3) Greyhounds are NOT TRAINED TO CHASE! Greyhounds are sighthounds and, as such, an old hunting breed. Chasing game is ingrained into their genetics as it is in ALL sighthounds. For centuries, greyhounds were bred to hunt game, such as hares & foxes, and greyhound racing came out of that because racing was viewed as more humane than the dogs coursing & taking hares. I have AKC greyhounds which are show dogs. They chase birds and other things including white plastic bags blowing across a field. That instinct is used by those in racing, they do NOT teach it.

4) Contrary to what Dorchak said, greyhounds do love to run. As previously mentioned, it is in their genetics. One cannot force a greyhound to run or to race; they either will or they won't, as was noted in your article, "...photographer Brian Chilson can attest to that. He saw one dog with a what-the-hell attitude come out of the box and just trot."

5) Grey2K USA is fond of touting itself as a greyhound advocacy group. In truth, Grey2K USA does NOTHING for the dogs. The only thing that Grey2K does is lobby politicians. They do not place dogs into appropriate pet homes; they provide no support for greyhound adoption groups. However, the founders of Grey2K USA take approximately 23% off the top of the donations made to the group for a salary. That can be confirmed by looking at their IRS 990 Form on Guidestar.

6) Greyhound racing has NOT been banned in any state that used to hold greyhound racing - not even in MASSACHUSETTS! What was banned in Massachusetts was wagering on dog races, not the racing itself. That falls in line with the other desires of Grey2K - abolition of gambling.

Carey Theil, Executive Director of Grey2K, sits on the BOD of the anti-gambling group, Stop Predatory Gambling. In addition, Rev. Thomas Grey, a Grey2K board member, the Field Director and spokesperson for Stop Predatory Gambling. He also heads the National Coalition Against Gambling. Mr. Theil constantly says, "Grey2K has no position on gambling." However, In an article titled, "Betting at Miami-Dade pari-mutuels down as slots vote nears" in the South Florida Business Journal in Jan 2008, the following quote appears, "Anti-gambling coalition No Casinos Miami is urging voters to reject the ballot issue. Its members include the Christian Coalition of South Florida, the National Coalition Against Legalized Gambling and greyhound rights group Grey2K USA."

7) Greyhounds are not confined to crates for more than 20 hrs in a day at the track. Think about it, if they were confined for that long, how would they maintain the physical condition that is required for them to do what they do as well as they do it? Racing is extremely physical. They have to be in top condition and that condition is not maintained by them laying in a crate for 20 hrs a day.

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Posted by jato791 on 06/19/2012 at 8:57 PM


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