Florida – SR Magazine states: commercial Greyhound Racing MUST END!
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Several fanciers have asked why SR turned down paid advertising on behalf of the racing Greyhound business in Florida, one of the few states in the U.S. to not yet have outlawed it – although a proposition to do so may be put on the November ballot.
We did offer to publish the ad provided that only hobby racing was promoted.
This offer was rejected, naturally, since the group behind the ad represents the commercial Greyhound racing business.
Anyone who knows Greyhounds will be aware that they love to run, even at the risk of serious injuries.
We do not doubt that some individuals in the racing business take good care of their dogs, at least as long as they run profitably, although living conditions are often unacceptable. Also, although advances have been made in the re-homing of ex-racers, any activity that discards dogs not yet past half their lifespan can hardly be in it “for the love of the dogs.”
However, what will ultimately convince anyone who loves Greyhounds that commercial dog racing must end is that the figures do not add up.
Greyhound bitches on the average produce 6-8 puppies per litter, and those that do not make the grade as racers are discarded.
How many thousands of Greyhounds that have been put to sleep in the past we’ll never know, but it’s a frightening number.
I would like to believe that the individuals who submitted the ad were in good faith, naively believing in their own story.
However, the abuse heaped upon me and Sighthound Review for refusing to publish the ad makes this difficult to believe.
If this stance is unpopular and puts us on the same side as a few organizations we do not otherwise support, too bad.
Commercial Greyhound racing must end; anyone who disagrees with that cannot honestly say they love dogs.
You wouldn’t want bull fighting to be legal in the U.S., would you?
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