The voters of South Tucson, Ariz. and city officials had supported an important ban on the improper use of steroids in racing greyhounds. But now, as reported by the Arizona Daily Star, the ban has been lifted.
Why has the ban been lifted? – Because the director of the Arizona Department of Racing said so. So if an alcoholic beverage manufactures association told the city it could no longer arrest people for DWIs, I now wonder what would happen in South Tucson.
For those who might claim there is a difference, because it is a “department of racing” – no, not really. The Arizona Department of Racing supports greyhound racing and therefore supports an industry with a history of abusing dogs.
But the story gets even more troubling, In showing a stunning lack of knowledge about dog racing, South Tucson City Manager Luis Gonzales is quoted by the Arizona Daily Star as saying -
“From our perspective, it has nothing to do with whether or not the greyhounds are being treated humanely or not; we believe they are.”
Mr. Gonzales needs to educate himself as to the horrors of greyhound racing and to the latest research into animal cognition and self-awareness. He is clearly deficient in this area.
Thankfully, Susan Via, who worked to develop the voter initiative, is quoted as saying -
“It just shows they have contempt for the welfare of the animals and contempt for the voters that passed this ordinance.”
The article notes officials in neighboring Tucson seem to have retained their backbones and will not consider lifting the ban there on injecting steroids in racing dogs.
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