Same old, same old out of the greyhound racing industry. An article posted Wednesday on the Arkansas Times website includes the misstatement from the industry that 90 percent of the dogs are adopted out when they leave racing.
But there are two problems: 1. – The numbers are hidden. And 2. – I once got an insider to admit in a blog comment exchange that he felt it would be silly to count the dogs the industry kills each year in the adoption percentages.
There is a lively exchange in the comment section under the Arkansas Times article and at the end of the story, an update has been posted, noting 47 greyhounds suffered injuries at the at Southland Park between January 1 and June 12, 2012.
AND – A New York Times story posted Tuesday alleges racehorses are being given a performance-enhancing drug made from a material drawn from the backs of a South American frog species. As the lab-testing procedures finally caught up, 30 horses from four states tested positive for dermorphin. It is suspected it helps horses run faster.
This is a key statement from the article: “” Indeed, dermorphin is the latest in a long list of illegal performance-enhancing drugs that have found their way onto racetracks. “”
This is an important indictment of the horse racing industry. One of the primary strategies seems to be to numb the horses to pain, so that they will continue to run through injuries and the pain.