Pack Topics: Greyhound racing; horse racing

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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.

One Response to “Pack Topics: Greyhound racing; horse racing”

  1. ValNo Gravatar says:

    Greyhound racing is cruel and inhumane. Greyhounds endure lives of nearly constant confinement, kept in cages barely large enough for them to stand up or turn around. While racing, many dogs suffer and die from injuries including broken legs, paralysis, and cardiac arrest. And many greyhounds are euthanized every year, as the number retired from racing exceeds the number of adoptive homes.

    At racetracks across the country, greyhounds endure lives of confinement. According to industry statements, greyhounds are generally confined in their cages for approximately 20 hours per day. They live inside warehouse-style kennels in stacked cages that are barely large enough to stand up or turn around. Generally, shredded paper or carpet remnants are used as bedding.

    An undercover video recently released by GREY2K USA shows the conditions in which these gentle dogs are forced to live: http://www.grey2kusa.org/azVideo.html

    For more information on injuries these dogs suffer, please view:

    http://www.grey2kusa.org/azInjuries.html

    http://www.grey2kusa.org/eNEWS/G2K-022811Email.html

    Dogs play an important role in our lives and deserve to be protected from industries and individuals that do them harm.

    V Wolf Board Member, GREY2K USA

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