Il nostro appello al parlamento cileno per proibire le corse coi levrieri.
Oggi in Cile la commissione ambiente del Parlamento discuterà la proposta di legge per proibire le corse coi levrieri.
Noi di Pet Levrieri, accogliendo l’invito degli amici di Proyecto Galgo Argentina, abbiamo inviato un appello a tutti i membri della commissione affinché si esprimano a favore.
Di seguito il testo base dell’appello.
For the attention of the Honorable Deputy
We have been attentively following the efforts made by associations, politicians and others to ban racing with galgos in Chile.
In Italy commercial greyhound racing has been banned for many years, and public opinion is not only opposed to racing, but is also very well disposed towards countries in which the barbarism of the exploitation of dogs for racing is forbidden.
There are also many associations in our country which rehome greyhounds and galgos exploited in other European countries. Thousands of these dogs have been rehomed in our homes, and it is also thanks to them that the exploitation to which they are subjected in the racing and betting worlds is considered unacceptable. So the end of racing in Chile would be seen as a very positive thing by many Italians.
Your decision to ban racing in your country would be a wonderful step forward in terms of civilisation, education in respecting animals and prevention of the criminal activities that have always been commonly associated with the world of racing and the exploitation animals.
Also, even where dogs are used legally for betting on races, crimes such as the use of doping are commonplace. In addition, betting feeds gambling addictions which are expensive and dangerous for society.
The decision to ban racing would be in line with the changes that have also been taking place elsewhere in the world.
For example, last year the Macau Canidrome – which was the only legal track in South East Asia – closed its doors forever, and in the USA the people of Florida voted to phase out racing and close the tracks in that state, in an historic victory which dealt a deadly blow to greyhound racing in the USA.
In Latin America, after Argentina and Uruguay, a law proposal to ban dog racing has been presented in Parliament in your country, and we are also expecting news from Brazil.
So there is a new wind blowing which bodes well and gives hope for these dogs, who are exploited in their tens of thousands in various parts of the world, and your contribution in giving them the respect they deserve would be be a decisive factor in helping them.
We fervently hope that you will support efforts to end greyhound and galgo racing in Chile.
With best wishes,
President of Pet Levrieri, Italy