The warped Twilight Zone that is greyhound racing

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The Pack News Wire has been buzzing of late with news concerning greyhound racing. Much of the focus has been on the free-fall in attendance at tracks across the country and legislative efforts to either decouple racing from the casinos or end subsidies.

But some of the news goes into the strange mentality of those who either support racing or can’t see that trimming around the edges of the issue won’t help the dogs.

In Iowa, the Iowa Greyhound Association and the Iowa West Racing Association are reportedly requesting millions from a supplemental fund.

I wonder if the racing dogs will receive any aid from this fund. The deaths and injuries continue, with the only real relief coming in the form of a ban on greyhound racing.

In Idaho, a challenge is underway concerning the Post Falls Police Department’s investigation into what are known as instant racing machines. So there’s seems to be a controversy about gaming machines while not enough is being done to investigate the needs of the dogs in live racing.

It just defies logic.

And finally, we have the racing defenders who are battling against efforts to end dog racing at casinos, because it could lead to more gambling. Yes – that’s right. Dog racing supporters seem to be against other forms of gambling.

I guess cards, dice, machines and sports betting is really, really bad. But the dog racing folks feel like exploiting animals is the most righteous form of gambling. That’s warped on a grand scale.

In the WJHG.com article linked above, Jack Corey of the Florida Greyhound Association is quoted as saying, “Their ultimate goal is to do away with live greyhound racing and become mini casinos.”

Over the last few years, I’ve read similar statements, suggesting somehow that casinos with racing are fine. But take away the dogs and gambling is somehow tainted to a greater degree.

Again, this argument just defies reason. I’m not a gambler. I don’t bet on games or even lotteries. So while I’m not a supporter of casinos at all, I’d much rather have people betting on pro sports or tables or machines.

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Wacky Quote of the Week: Dog racing lobbyist calls out casinos

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With increasing frequency, I’m reading quotes that jump off the page of articles or editorials due to the complete wackiness of the statement. Some politicians are well known for stunning quotes, but we can always rely on greyhound racing supporters and puppy mill supporters for off-the-chart statements.

It happened again this morning, from a dog-racing supporter. Don Avenson has been lobbying of late for the Iowa Greyhound Association. The Soiux City Journal quoted Avenson as stating casinos are an industry “built on false dreams and glitter.”

You support dog racing and you say casinos are “built on dreams and glitter?” Greyhound racing has been built on a horrible history of animal exploitation and a massive level of injuries and deaths. I’m not a gambler and would never defend the gambling industry. But going after casinos while you are defending greyhound racing is more than two-faced and more than wacky.

 

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Misspeak of the Week: Iowa Senator on greyhound racing

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One of the biggest misspeaks of the week goes to Iowa Sen. Jeff Danielson (D-Cedar Falls), who was quoted by KWWL.com as saying a quicker phase-out of greyhound racing in the state would “be irresponsible.”

Senator Danielson must have been misquoted or must have misspoke – right? Does he realize that it is the greyhound racing industry itself that is irresponsible? The faster we can end greyhound racing, the faster it is that the dogs can be rescued and adopted into loving homes. It is irresponsible and cruel to allow the suffering and the injuries and the deaths to continue for another day.

Maybe he was misquoted, because otherwise it seems he does not understand the meaning of the word.

And the article published Feb. 13 reports Danielson and a Senate committee will look into a second draft of legislation that would allow casinos in Iowa to drop greyhound racing. But this second version was developed by the Iowa Greyhound Association (a breeder group).

The dog-racing industry should be the last group considered for input on legislation that could impact animal welfare.

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