Saturday, May 20, 2017

Why Does This Still Happen

(Quiet, but not dead (sorry PRs)…)

I’ve been following and supporting anti-racing for a number of years.  Not as long as others, but date me back to close to 20 years.

Little gains here and there, but overall the industry is so ingrained in the untouchable mentality and so deep in politicians’ pockets (or pick your spot), there can never be a “get out of jail card free” card for the greyhounds.

All the while industries in the US, AU, IE, UK, waltz forward, continuing what they have always done – which is abuse and put greyhounds in harm’s way and risk their lives, efforts to change that meet with lobbyists and the bought soulless. 

The industry deliberately uses them for a couple of quid or bucks.  And efforts to halt this run into obstacles.  The obstacles are not insurmountable, by any means.  But it will take time.

Yet the horror continues.

Why, after all the publicity, is Ireland still exporting greyhounds to the dog hell known as China?  There is only death there.  Death of a delicate dog.

Why, despite all the publicity of live-racing, are these loser trainers still killing dogs?    How does a trainer STARVE a dog to death??

And why on earth did this happen in Florida, where the US is supposed to be hard on animal abuse but is actually lame as hell?  

Ronnie Williams.Déjà vu

Sadly, learning doesn’t happen.  Time does not erase greed.  Time does not erase truly vile, uncaring soulless.

These dogs, if deemed worthy, are “trained” to run fast.  By nature, they are fast dogs but greed makes the desire to make them run faster.  Greed and inbreeding.  Those not good enough?  Cull those and breed some more and screw the genetics.  Oh, an osteo carrier?  Hmmm… does it run fast?

These dogs, those worthy, are kept in kennels at the tracks and race time, a muzzle strapped on and shoved into a small box at the start of the race.

And when no longer winning, depending on the country, shipped to death in China, given to blood draining universities or sent the hellhole tracks to end them.

So much time has passed one would think people would be more educated, maybe a little more kind.  It will never happen with those who know nothing else and not give up their misplaced glory and self-justification.  The well-being of the dogs so not matter to people like that.

Pack some sunscreen.  I think hell is very toasty…


Linda Ferry said...

Yes, It leaves our hearts heavy when we still see the abuse. Makes us mad but the fight continues for us trying to educate the public. We have seen some progress here in the U.S. We have half the number of tracks that we did 10 years ago. Our fight is still going and will not stop until all of the tracks are closed down!! Going to send you my Starfish story, use it to inspire!!!

Linda Ferry said...

Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions.

Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching. As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea. The boy came closer still and the man called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,” the youth replied. “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.”

The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.”

The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said, “It made a difference to that one!”

adapted from The Star Thrower, by Loren Eiseley (1907 – 1977)

Michael said...

Slowly - very slowly, yes, but still - greyhound racing is dying in the United States. I do not believe there is an active track west of the Mississippi River (except for Caliente, in Mexico). There are, maybe, 20 tracks still open. Most of them would LIKE to close, as they no longer are real money makers. But when casinos became legal in a lot of states, they had to be on location with an established gambling site - read race track. There is a movement to break the tie between casinos and tracks, and as states do so, most of the tracks will close. We may be left with just 4 or 5 tracks - and we can focus our attention on them.