Inaccurate and sick “intro” to greyhound racing

I ran across a piece of misinformation about greyhound racing this morning on a site known as “Bettor.com.”

The author of the piece gets one thing right. He informs the reader that the first dog to reach the finish line wins. Wow! – what a revelation! I guess he feels that dog racing so idiotic he has to really dumb down the “article” to draw in the galactically stupid.

But then we have the following in this “beginner’s guide to greyhound racing” –

He says dog racing is “gaining more and more popularity in the international arena.” – WRONG. In the US and some other countries, it’s a losing industry and the trend is growing. But mostly, it’s an on-going tragedy for the dogs.

And – “Add the spice of betting into the race, and what you get is a thrilling, adrenaline pumping contest between the world’s best bred greyhounds.” –

There is so much wrong with this sentence. Actually, the added “spice of betting” spells horrible injury and death for thousands of greyhounds in the United States alone. “Adrenaline pumping” must refer to the drugging of the dogs?

And the “world’s best bred greyhounds” is just a sick joke – right? Does he mean the breeding practices that ignore cancer rates and only considers breeding the fastest greyhounds without regard to what happens to the dogs after they “retire?” Is he referring to the over-breeding practice that leads to thousands being killed each year that don’t make the grade – in the US alone?

So much misinformation on one short write-up titled as a beginner’s introduction. What a mess.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. The humane treatment of greyhounds and commercial greyhound racing are simply incompatible (please take note RSPCA, Dogs Trust, Greyhounds UK and League Against Cruel Sports). As such any future for this declining industry depends on misleading the public and concealing the reality of greyhound racing. Experts in this field are the Greyhound Board of Great Britain. The Greyhound Owners, Breeders and Trainers Association, perhaps naively, posted on there web page the following text highlighting the appalling numbers of greyhounds injured in 2010. When the GBGB became aware of this it was quickly removed. As the very existence of greyhound racing depends on the public watching/betting on greyhound racing the public have right to see what the GBGB wanted hidden from the public (please excuse the authors appalling grammar):

    28 September 2010

    GOBATA has serious concerns over what appears to be an inordinate amount of injuries currently being suffered by greyhounds all over the country. Judging by the number of reports, both observed and heard about, it has become clear that trainers, to a man, cannot recall a worse year for injuries, too many of them career-threatening broken hocks.

    Add to this wrist, muscle and various other ailments and there is no question that 2010 runs the risk of being dubbed with the doubtful distinction of going down as one of the worst years the sport has known. Champion trainer Mark Wallis, for instance, says he now has room at his Lakenheath range in Suffolk for any new arrivals. “Mind you,” says Mark, “I know of other open race kennels now with room for a runner or two, I am not alone.

    “But I have never known anything like it,” says Mark. “Sadly, my most recent casualty was Corrig Vieri, who fractured a hock in a trial at Monmore last week, he will not race again. Two days later at Henlow, Eye Onthe Flash suffered a gracillus muscle injury and his career now hangs in the balance. As you might imagine, the current spate of injuries to our top class runners has left morale at the kennels at an all-time low.”

    This is pretty much the story we have heard all too often this year. “Of course, there are knock on effects,” Mark continued. “The injuries compound on the business as a whole, the fewer greyhounds a trainer has the less income he receives and my kennels is currently running at a loss, and has been for some time now. I will have to see how things pan out but, believe me, things are not good at all at the moment.”

    GOBATA is in communication with the GBGB over the injury crisis while Michael Watts, Honorary Secretary of the Society Of Greyhound Veterinarians, says that our recent correspondence with the SGV “ . . . has certainly sparked off a heated discussion among our members.”

    24 September 2010

    GOBATA chairman Martin White is calling on the GBGB to advise the industry on the prevalence of serious injuries, in particular hock injuries, currently being reported up and down the country.
    “The matter is of serious concern to practitioners, many of whom have been in touch with GOBATA reporting their individual experiences and frustration at what appears to be an inordinate amount of greyhounds suffering serious injuries,” said White.
    “Regrettably, injuries are part and parcel of greyhound racing but there have been so many, especially hocks, in recent months, that I feel the GBGB, should advise practitioners of the actual figures together with a comparison of other years.
    “And if, as very much seems the case, there is an abnormal preponderance of greyhounds suffering injuries I would respectfully call on the ruling body to address the matter and carry out their own investigation as to why.”

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    • Posted by Tom Grady on December 18, 2010 at 5:06 pm

      Thank you for posting this information.
      It’s been clear for some time now that greyhound racing is a blood sport – on both sides of the Atlantic and anywhere else the industry is still in operation.

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