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Greyhound racing in the state of Florida continues, but with more restrictions in place in order to monitor their standards of care.

Greyhound racing in the state of Florida continues but with more restrictions in place to monitor their standards of care.

Paws Up!
To the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering for filing a new rule to protect racing greyhounds in the state.

According toa news story, “Florida greyhound trainers will soon have to be more transparent with their dog care. A new state animal welfare rule…requir[es] trainers to notify state regulators every time a dog dies at a track or kennel. Trainers at the state’s 13 greyhound tracks also will be banned from keeping more than one dog per cage and be forced to maintain a roster that identifies each dog. Racetrack officials have to complete weekly walk-throughs of kennels.”

Greyhound racing is still a viable “sport” though its numbers are on the decline. However, the guess is that anywhere from 20,000 to as many as 50,000 greyhounds are born each year and anywhere from 20,000 on up are killed either as puppies unsuitable for racing or retirees whose racing careers are over. While NHES would ultimately prefer to see the sport banned outright, protection of the dogs in the system is of paramount importance.

Take Action: Florida residents, contact the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering to thank the agency for protecting greyhounds. Residents of other states where greyhound racing occurs (Arizona, Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, West Virginia, and Iowa), contact your state agency that oversees greyhound racing to determine if they are protecting the dogs who race in your state.

Leon M Biegalski, Director
Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering
1940 North Monroe Street, Suite 50
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1035

When you think about it…companion animals forced to live in extreme conditions need loving homes.

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Beagles should not be used for product testing, but you can help by giving one a home.

Think about beagles used in laboratory experiments, or greyhounds forced to race. Puppy mill dogs come to mind also. All of these animals and many more live under extreme and often abusive, painful, and fear inducing circumstances. How do they fair when they are removed from those situations and placed in loving, permanent homes?

Some of the animals who are liberated from laboratories, race tracks, or mills need time to be rehabilitated before they are placed in forever homes. Rescue groups and sanctuaries around the country work tirelessly to help these animals overcome their past experiences. Some animals may need extended stays in foster care as they become accustomed to life outside their previous confinement. Others are ready within just a few short weeks to be adopted.

The overriding consideration on the part of anyone considering adopting an animal who has lived under extreme circumstances is patience. Patience as the animal learns what a home is, what stairs are, how grass feels under his or her paws. Patience when the animal becomes agitated at what we consider the normal sights, sounds, and smells of our home and neighborhood. Patience at what we might consider aberrant behavior, such excessive licking, salivating, or circling. Over time, many of these animals begin to relax in their new environment; begin to trust that they will not be hurt; begin to live a normal life.

Additional animals who may need rehoming after their experiences, especially in laboratories, are birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, and mice. Of course, this begs the question, should we be testing on animals?

When you think about it…regardless of where a companion animal started his or her life, a loving and safe home is best.

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When you think about it…good can come from evil.

Keep the good news coming, look into adopting a retired greyhound!

We know what happens to racing greyhounds when they are no longer able to race. They are either killed or, if lucky enough, find themselves rescued by one of the many greyhound rescue organizations around the country. But what happens when a greyhound racing track closes? What happens to the property?

According to an organization dedicated to ending greyhound racing, GREY2K USA, 26 tracks have closed for live racing. One of those tracks was auctioned off with plans for a business and accompanying housing units. Another will become the site of a complex of new school buildings. A third will soon be the home of a new Boys and Girls Club; and two were demolished to make way for the creation of hundreds of homes, a town center, church auditorium, and a 20-acre park. Still another will be home of a new municipal center and an animal adoption center.

How fitting is it that land once was used to race greyhounds is being used to support communities with homes, businesses, centers for children, and safe havens for abandoned animals.

When you think about it…isn’t it time to close all greyhound racing tracks and turn what were places of despair, death, and degradation into places of hope, happiness, and joy?

Corporate Commercials

Paws Down!
To CareerBuilder and Skechers for demeaning animals in their 2012 Super Bowl commercials.

Commercials featuring animals such as chimpanzees or racing greyhounds rarely show the whole story.

Once again CareerBuilder has shown chimpanzees as bumbling fools who like to play tricks on humans. Using wild animals in commercials sends a dangerous message to people who think they can maintain a chimpanzee as a pet. Wild and exotic animals, such as chimpanzees, can be unpredictable. In addition, whether stolen from the wild or captive bred, wild and exotic animals are deprived of their natural habitat, food supply, and companionship. Further, many of them are shipped around the country/world, which induces stress that causes much suffering and sometimes death. Once they become too old or dangerous to perform, they may be left to languish in cages or are sent to roadside zoos when they are no longer considered economically viable.

The Skechers commercial promoted an abusive sport, greyhound racing, to sell its product. Dogs born into the racing business suffer serious injuries during training and racing. These injuries are rarely treated. Dogs who are not able to race are often shot. While on the racing circuit, dogs are continuously confined in cages barely large enough for them to move around in. Racing greyhounds are given minimal veterinary treatment and suffer from poor nutrition. To ensure dogs race well, trainers often use performance-enhancing drugs. In addition, dogs often race in extreme temperatures in both summer and winter. Live animals, usually rabbits, are used in greyhound training—those animals are typically torn apart by the dogs once they are caught.

Take Action: Urge both of these corporations to discontinue using animals in their commercials. CareerBuilder should be advertising the human animal as we are the focus of the business. Skechers products are meant for human use. Showing humans racing would be a far more effective way to sell a product than using animals abused in the dog racing industry.

CareerBuilders
Matt Ferguson, Chief Executive Officer
CB Corporate Headquarters
200 N. LaSalle St., Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60601
Tele. No.: 800-638-4212

Skechers
Robert Greenberg, Chairman and CEO
Skechers U.S.A., Inc.
228 Manhattan Beach Boulevard
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Tele. No.: 310-318-3100
Fax: 310-318-5019

Source:
Career Builder
Skechers

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Saving Greyhounds One Racing Park at a Time

Paws Up!
To the Macon County Greyhound Park for ending live greyhound racing as of June 1.

According to a news source, live greyhound racing will end at the Macon County Greyhound Park in Shorter, Alabama, as of June 1.

But let’s not applaud too loudly. The reason greyhound racing was suspended was not concern for the dogs but strictly for economic reasons. According to a news source, chief operating officer Lewis Benefield said, “Economic realities

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make it impossible for us to continue offering live racing….Greyhound racing will resume when we can again offer the electronic bingo games which for many years subsidized the cost of live racing.”

So, the pressure is still on to eliminate greyhound racing wherever it is currently occurring and wherever it may return. There are seven states that still allow greyhound racing: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Texas, and West Virginia.

Take Action: Residents of the states where greyhound racing is still legal, write your state legislators urging them to outlaw this dangerous and inhumane so-called sport. To our other readers, please do not attend greyhound racing events.

Source:
andalusiastarnews.com/

Irish Greyhounds–One Step Forward, One Step Back

Paws Up!

To the Irish Department of Agriculture for refusing to approve a proposal by the Irish Greyhound Board to export Irish greyhounds to China.


Paws Down!
To the Irish Greyhound Board for continuing to explore the possibility of helping manage Chinese greyhound stadiums.

In a positive move, the Irish Department of Agriculture refused to approve a proposal by the Irish Greyhound Board to export Irish greyhounds to China to establish greyhound racing in that country. In addition, “Greyhound Action Ireland said the public pressure from within Ireland and internationally had ‘diverted this cruel development.’”

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However, according to news reports, “The Board is continuing to explore the possibility of helping to manage Chinese greyhound stadiums. It previously held talks with Beijing authorities about establishing a multi-million-euro greyhound franchise in China.”

Take Action: Contact the Irish Department of Agriculture to let that agency know you are in agreement with their refusal to approve the proposal and also.  In addition, contact the Irish Greyhound Board and urge its members to disengage from any support for greyhound racing in China. Further, urge both agencies to end greyhound racing in Ireland as a way to fostering a public understanding of and respect for the humane treatment of animals in Ireland.

Simon Coveney, Minister
Agriculture, Marine and Food
Marine Institute Headquarters
Rinville
Oranmore
Co. Galway,Ireland
Contact

Mr. Barry Coleman
Irish Greyhound Board
New Limerick Greyhound Stadium
Dock Road
Limerick,Ireland
Contact

Source:
Irishtimes
Indymedia

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Protect Racing Greyhounds

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As if racing greyhounds don’t have enough problems, Ireland is considering shipping some of its greyhounds to the People’s Republic of China so the Chinese can introduce greyhound racing to that country.

Aside from all the known problems involving racing greyhounds, i.e., dogs suffering serious injuries during training and racing, dogs being continuously confined in cages barely large enough for them to move around in, and dogs often receiving minimal veterinary care, there is a larger issue and that is the lack of animal welfare standards in the People’s Republic of China. In addition, the physical and psychological strain placed upon these dogs in transit from Ireland to China is tantamount to animal cruelty.

Please write a polite letter to the minister of Agriculture, Marine and Food and to the Irish Greyhound Board urging them to reconsider shipping racing greyhounds to the People’s Republic of China. Further, encourage them to end greyhound racing in their own country.

Simon Coveney, Minister
Agriculture, Marine and Food
Marine Institute Headquarters
Rinville
Oranmore
Co. Galway, Ireland

Mr. Barry Coleman
Irish Greyhound Board
New Limerick Greyhound Stadium
Dock Road
Limerick, Ireland

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