Speech by Stefania Traini, Pet levrieri president, at the GBGB awards protest, London 29 Jan 2017
Stefania Traini, Pet levrieri President, travelled from Italy with other representatives of Pet Levrieri to support the demo at the GBGB awards in London.
Here’s her speech, that highlights the importance of both political pressure and awareness in the united fight against the industry.
Video with English/Italian subtitles. Version of Pet Levrieri speech for ipads with burnt in English subtitles.
For the anti racing movement, 2016 has been an intense year, dotted with great and small steps forward, but not without disappointments.
The abolition of dog racing in Argentina, which was won after a hard battle, was probably the most important moment, the most visible success and the greatest joy.
For a few months we hoped that the industry would also be shut down in New South Wales in Australia, but Mike Baird’s backflip on that decision was like a cold shower.
Thanks to the mobilisation of many people around the world, we may well have succeeded in stopping the exportation of Irish greyhounds to Macau, and this brought to a head the situation at the Canidrome, bringing its closure nearer in time.
It is now imperative to accelerate its end, and ensure that the surviving greyhounds are handed over to the care of the protection group ANIMA, to ensure their safety.
More progress has been made in the US, and at last things are starting to move in Ireland also.
On the other hand, greyhounds are still continuing to die in their thousands, because of the cruelty of the greyhound racing industry, that same industry that just a few metres away from us is celebrating again this year, with champagne drenched in the blood of the dogs.
We believe that we should learn from both our victories and our defeats, and what experience in both Argentina and Australia has demonstrated clearly is that both awareness and political pressure are indispensable to bring about the end of greyhound racing.
In Australia, Mike Baird had the courage to challenge the industry, but he lacked the political support and the popular consensus needed to withstand the tough campaign of lies perpetrated by the pro racers. But on the other hand this support was not lacking for the Argentinian movement, which led to its great success.
As far as Europe is concerned, we believe that what happens here in the UK is crucial: for if the industry is beaten here, the oxygen supply will be cut off to the country where the industry seems strongest, Ireland.
So our presence here today is a mark of support for your battle against greyhound racing in the UK.
We believe that it is necessary to unite all the forces that are sincerely and clearly anti racing in order to increase political pressure, public awareness, and the spread of the truth about the terrible plight of greyhounds.
In our own small way, we are there too and we will do all we can to help those who are fighting in the frontline against the industry here in the UK, in Ireland, in the US, in Australia, in Macau and anywhere else where greyhounds are exploited. Thank you.
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