Thursday, April 12, 2012

Greyhound Racing in Arizona

I will never be immune to the ugliness uncovered about the racing industry.  It’s a known fact.  Sure, there are some who support it who care.  But there are not enough.
And even the ones who do care cannot excuse the inherit danger the dogs face when racing, most particularly on the first turn.  That is when many “interference” instances, “collisions” occur.

 What I cannot fathom is the inability of the city of Tucson (where the disreputable vet's actions occur), or the self-regulated racing industry (well, oxymoron there), or the citizens of Tucson, to not call authorities, or…  Surely there are those who share the same concern for the greyhounds as their neighbors in South Tucson.
Recent report of the quack track vet, Dr. Joe Robinson – and I use the title ‘Dr.’ with a bit of sarcasm - doping dogs just beyond the city limits of South Tucson. 

 In 2008, voters in the mile-square burg passed the Tucson Dog Protection Act. Among other things, the new law banned the injection of female dogs with steroids at Tucson Greyhound Park.”
The quack doc circumvents that law by meeting in a parking lot of Tucson Iron and Metal, outside the city limits, and injecting dog after dog.

His comment?  “None of your business”.  Quite stellar.  The quack certainly lacks a bedside manner. 
My personal icing on the cake was the comments from the court jester, Tom Taylor. But again, TGP is the Taj Mahal and the greyhounds sleep on cushions and are fed the best quality food.  So, I guess his word makes sense.  To no one of remedial intelligence.

“But Tucson Greyhound Park manager Tom Taylor offers a different take. "Basically, the law was written wrong," he says. "In fact, the (state) veterinarian board claims that the city can't tell the veterinarian that he can't (inject steroids). The veterinarian could be doing it on our property, and not be breaking the law. It was decided that the state law trumped the city law."”

 Sometimes, words actually fail me.  Perhaps Doc Quack should re-read the oath he took. 

Veterinarian's Oath

(Approved by the HOD, 1954; Revision approved by the HOD, 1969; Revision approved by the Executive Board 1999, 2010)

Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge.

I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics.

I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence.

I missed the clause that said steroids were in the best interest of the animal.  Or that, by injecting steroids to increase performance for greedy owners fell into, well, one damn bit of the oath. 

Injecting steroids causes irreparable consequences.  But, I suppose that does not matter to people with no soul.


Melissa said...

It's an important distinction that Tucson Greyhound Park is in South Tucson, a very small city completely surrounded by Tucson, and its citizens were the ones who voted in laws to protect greyhounds in 2008. The park owners and vet are going approximately a block away from the track, to an adjacent business in the city of Tucson because injecting dogs with hormones is not against the law there.

Nancy said...

That distinction is of note only in relation to what was enacted into law by the citizens of Tucson. The fact that this quasi-vet scurries to just outside the city limits to a crime-ridden tract of land does not excuse the acts he commits from an ethical standpoint. The irreparable damage he inflicts upon these dogs is inexcusable.

Melissa said...

I absolutely agree with you, which is why I didn't want anyone to be distracted by errors in fact in your powerful post. The citizens of South Tucson enacted the law. The track goes to Tucson in order to evade it. This may not seem like an important point to you if you do not live here, but from a legal perspective it is important. We in the Tucson greyhound community are so grateful that South Tucson's citizens had the insight to enact these laws, and we wish they were enforced. We are working toward the day when we are no longer greyhound rescuers because greyhounds are no longer raced. I'm not trying to offer excuses or defend the vile people involved. I hope your powerful blog post is picked up and reprinted by others. And I hope when it does, that the correct names of city involved is repeated and not an incorrect one. South Tucson is not just a neighborhood in Tucson, it is a different city.

Nancy said...

Do I have them backwards, Melissa? If so, I will be more than happy to edit the post and re-post.

Much like St. Louis is made up of many cities, the area considered 'North St. Louis' is a cluster of less than reputable cities.