Pet Levrieri appeals to the Argentinian Parliament to ban greyhound racing
For the attention of the Honourable Members of the Chamber of Deputies of the Republic of Argentina
It was with much joy that we learned about the decision by the Argentinian Senate to ban greyhound racing in your country. Now it is up to yourselves to sanction this civilised choice, and we are appealing to you in that sense.
As we have previously written to your colleagues in the Senate, 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 many associations in our country which rehome greyhounds 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 which they are subjected to in the racing and betting worlds is considered odious.
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 animals.
Our people and the people of Argentina have always had a deep connection, a connection based not only on friendship in general but also on kinship. A kinship which is expressed and nourished by the presence of strong cultural links and often also family ties.
The decision to ban racing would be something to be proud of for your country, and would strengthen this kinship, and the image and the links with our people, who are so sensitive to the suffering of greyhounds and galgos and the exploitation of animals.
If it is true, as stated by Pope John Paul II, that animals are not without the spirit of God, then here you have an opportunity to please Him: by eliminating greyhound racing, which is a kind of exploitation of these defenceless creatures.
Please be their voice, and give them back their dignity.
Stefania Traini President of Pet Levrieri
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