Reading between the lines – of the words from dog racing insiders
Sometimes, the words we read sound like a particular writer is making a key point. But as we all know, reading between lines or behind the words can be revealing.
A letter to the editor of the WV Gazette, published September 24, offers a clear example. Gary Guccione of the American Greyhound Council wrote – “Nearly 95 percent of all registered racing greyhounds are returned to the farm or placed in adoptive homes when they retire.”
The greyhound racing defenders love to spew out this 95-percent line. But this twist is somewhat new – that the “retired” dogs either go to the farm or are adopted out.
The single sentence referenced above has a number of holes in it – obviously. How do they define “retire?” Is it only when dogs age out? And what does “returned to the farm” really mean? What happens to the dogs who are returned to the farm? Are many of them returned to the farm to die?
At this point, we won’t know the fate of these dogs.
And other insiders would suggest the ‘retirement’ numbers are not tracked at all. Even the database has holes in it. My wife has tried to search the industry’s database in the past and came up empty, trying to search ear tattoo numbers.
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