Joke of the Day: Transparency, Accountability, Tucson Greyhoundsby Karyn Zoldan on Aug. 23, 2013, under Animal Cruelty, Greyhounds
I almost never read dog racing propaganda because it makes me want to puke, however, someone pointed me in that direction and I was astounded by its dribble.
You see the writer of this particular blog (Mr. Rory Goree) has been appointed by Governor Jan Brewer to be on the Arizona Department of Racing Commission. He’s there supposedly wearing the greyhound welfare hat, his hat may exist but it has nothing to do with greyhound welfare, but more about that later.
In his blog, he spews about the lack of transparency and accountability of an anti racing advocacy group. That is the least of his problems.
If he wants to talk about transparency and accountability – let’s start with – the greyhound racing industry.
Let’s talk accountability:
–How many greyhounds are culled every year?
–How many greyhounds are adopted every year?
–How many greyhounds die every year at every track?
–How do these greyhounds die?
–Why doesn’t the National Greyhound Association demand to know and report the findings?
–Why is there no database to account for every greyhound that stops racing? Where do they go?
–Why are people who mistreat racing greyhounds still employed by the racing industry?
Let’s talk accountability and transparency in Arizona, the place that matters to me most:
In 2008 the City of South Tucson passed an ordinance prohibiting (among other things) the dosing with steroids of all female dogs in the jurisdiction.
How is it that someone in authority at the City of South Tucson subsequently told the former general manager of Tucson Greyhound Park (which is located in South Tucson not Tucson but greyhound blood still stinks up the entire Pima County) to take the steroid dosing out of South Tucson?
How is it that Tucson Greyhound Park did just that and dosed the dogs on some bettor’s front yard near Park & Drexel in the city of Tucson – - until a City of Tucson ordinance was passed prohibiting that?
Pima County Board of Supervisors then followed suit and said no steroids and also passed a similar ordinance.
So, did the passage of those three ordinances lead to accountability and transparency by Tucson Greyhound Park and the State regulatory authority, Arizona Department of Racing?
According to this most recent article in the Tucson Weekly, “These mounting prohibitions might lead observers to conclude that dog doping has ended at Tucson Greyhound Park.” Yet a recent inspection revealed that “not a single female dog – out of 202 checked – was currently in heat” and another inspection held 3 weeks later revealed “The results were the same.”
How is it that on two different occasions PACC investigators came to Tucson Greyhound Park and none of the female dogs were in season even though nobody is supposedly giving them steroids?
Bill Walsh, Arizona Department of Racing Director, says “The (track) veterinarian treats these dogs once a month with really low doses, just to allow them to settle down and not go in season while the racing is going on.”
(The reality is: If racing greyhounds are in season, they cannot race. If they cannot race, they cannot make money. Nobody believes Mr Walsh’s gibberish.)
In the past, the Arizona Department of Racing has demanded to be notified in advance of any upcoming PACC inspections at Tucson Greyhound Park, and this has created suspicions that TGP might have been tipped off. What if restaurants received notifications that the health department was coming? This is not the transparency the public is entitled to.
And then in the same article an about-face, as under some pressure Mr. Walsh does another song and dance but trips on his own feet: “He’s even pledged to squeal on kennel owners caught doping their dogs with the steroids.” “They’re required by law to follow all the laws and we can go after them if we have to,” he explained in a recent interview. “It’s that simple.”
But it is that simple? Here’s a discrepancy: First Walsh says it’s the track vets who are giving the dogs steroids and then says if he catches the kennel operators…so who is it Mr. Walsh? Who is doping the Tucson Greyhound Park greyhounds? The track vets or the kennel operators? Do you know? Do you care? Maybe somebody should be investigating Mr. Walsh?
Arizona Department of Racing “regulates” Tucson Greyhound Park – which is like OJ policing himself. Transparency has never been in the realm of ADOR’s grasp.
So if the track vets (that would be Paul Pullen and Gretchen Green) are allegedly doping the dogs, wouldn’t they be fined or having their licenses reviewed? That is what happened to Dr. Robinson.
And if the dogs are still not coming into heat – Why are the track vets not asking questions?
Mr. Goree, what kind of accountability is that?