July 21, 22 – National Greyhound Remembrance Weekendby Karyn Zoldan on Jul. 21, 2012, under Animal Cruelty, Greyhounds, Serious Saturdays
Sent to Tucson Tails from greyhound advocates across the pond:
Events are being held across the UK in memory of the greyhounds that have suffered and been put to death in the 86 years since commercial greyhound racing began in this country on July 24, 1926.
One cannot believe that in a so-called civilised society, dogs are still being killed. I believe this is a poor and sad reflection on our society but we can as a nation change this by choosing to adopt a more ethical approach by not supporting any animal abuse or exploitation.
According to greyhound protection organisation Action for Greyhounds, as many as 10,000 greyhounds are still being “put down” every year, after failing to make the grade as racers or when their careers on the tracks come to an end.
An RSPCA report stated that “at least 20 greyhounds a day, either puppies which do not make the track, or ‘retired’ dogs aged three or four, simply ‘disappear’, presumed killed”. In addition, hundreds of greyhounds sustain serious, sometimes fatal, injuries while racing.
Greyhounds make the most wonderful companions and we urge readers to rescue a greyhound from their local greyhound rescue.
The public can help put an end to this horrific situation by not attending dog tracks or betting on greyhound racing.
The Killing Fields: Here’s an article in the Daily Mail about a man named David Smith who shot 10,000 greyhounds in the head with a bolt gun before dropping the dogs into a pit and covering them with dirt. The perp says, that he had been doing society a favour by disposing of them.
“It was claimed he killed for 40 greyhound trainers and would regularly execute up to 40 dogs a day.”
Was there any punishment for his crime? Not really. Smith was prosecuted for owning a landfill site without a proper permit.