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ProtectAnimals
Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 8:51 PM - ProtectAnimals's 1st post Copy Link
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Hi,
I read through your About Us section and didn't really get what yall are about...

I personally got the interpertation that you guys breed greyhounds to race [for your fun and entertainment, not theirs], then when they are too worn out to race, you guys put them up for adoption...Is that correct?



Maybe yall should read some of these links....

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ProtectAnimals
Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 9:09 PM - ProtectAnimals's 2nd post Copy Link
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References
1) "Injuries to Dogs Increase at Dairyland," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 15 May 2003.
2) "Ex-Pensacola Security Guard Admits Killing Greyhounds," Associated Press, 22 May 2002.
3) Buddy Bracken, National Public Radio, 31 May 2002.
4) Benjamin Niolet, "Greyhound Death Spurs BRC Change," The Birmingham News 29 Jun. 2000.
5) Charlie Whitehead and Becky Wakefield, "Greyhound Group Files Complaint Against Track After Dog Injured During Race," Naples Daily News 10 Mar. 2000.
6) Scott Van Voorhis, "A Most Dangerous Game; Report Cites Racing-Dog Deaths," The Boston Herald 20 Jul. 2005.
7) William Petroski, "Greyhounds Die at an Alarming Rate," Des Moines Register 3 Nov. 2000.
8) Luisa Yanez, "Inquiry Launched in Death of Dogs—Greyhounds Likely Died From Heat," The Miami Herald 13 Aug. 2002.
9) Yanez.
10) Jennifer Bundy, "Fan Malfunction Caused Fire That Killed 73 Greyhounds," Associated Press, 18 Oct. 2005.
11) Michael Jones, "Charges to Be Sought in Greyhounds Case," The Boston Globe 9 Feb. 2000.
12) "2 Charged in Deaths of Former Race Dogs," Associated Press, 1 Jan. 2002.
13) J. Todd Foster, "Slow Greyhounds Electrocuted on 'Hot Plate,' Trainers Say," The Spokesman Review 17 Sep. 1995.
14) Kristi Wright, "The Ancient Tradition of Racing Finds a Contemporary Counterpart on the Plains of Nebraska," Omaha World-Herald 15 Oct. 2000.
15) Stuart Tomlinson, "Eagle Creek Man Loses License to Raise Greyhounds," Portland Oregonian 27 Jun. 2002.
16) Mary Jo Pitzl, "Dog Breeder Gets 60-Day Suspension," The Arizona Republic 15 Nov. 2002.
17) Judith Gaines, "Down to the Wire of Greyhound Racing ...," The Boston Globe Magazine 5 Nov. 2000.
18) Michael Kunzelman, "Gambling Boom Leaves Greyhound Racing in Its Dust," Associated Press, 30 Jun. 2005.
19) Andrew Beyer, "Greyhound Racing: A Sport Gone to the Dogs," The Washington Post 27 Feb. 2000.
20) American Greyhound Council, "Racing Today/Map," Racing in the U.S. 2 Mar. 2006.

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ProtectAnimals
Posted: Feb 21, 2008 at 3:32 PM - ProtectAnimals's 3rd post Copy Link
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I'm not saying that you guys do or don't the stuff thats posted in the above links, but I just don't know why you guys do it? You want to help adopt the greyhounds after they can't run no more, but next season, creating lots more puppies just in hopes they can be a winner on the track isnt helping the shelters who already have surplus dogs looking for homes...

Think this way a bit...

Your parents just made you so you can work for them in their factory. When you become about 5 or 6, they start to train you for factory work, then by the time you hit 10 or 11, your off to the factory until you become tired enough that you can't get out of bed...Then when you can't work anymore at the age 15 or 16, they try to find a home for you where you can be for the rest of your life with disabillities caused by your work....

If you don't know yet, thats like a greyhounds story only that in some cases, when greyhounds can't get into homes because there are so many retired-greyhounds, that their owners just kill them....

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BeckiJ
Posted: Feb 27, 2008 at 2:48 PM - BeckiJ's 71st post Copy Link
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I am sorry for the lack of timely response to this message. I just saw it. We owned No Cover Becki as an active racer. A portion of her racing proceeds went to an adoption group to help out retired racing greyhounds get to their forever homes. When she decided she was done racing, and yes, I believe she made the decision, we retired her and brought her home. She is the princess of our home.

I hope you can spend some more time reviewing what RFA is really about and the heart and soul the people involved in RFA have invested in making this happen.

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jcsperson
Posted: Mar 9, 2008 at 11:52 AM - jcsperson's 214th post Copy Link
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ProtectAnimals,

My guess is you've never visited a Greyhound track, been in a kennel, or seen a farm and your "knowledge" consists only what you've read on various web sites. You are entitled to your beliefs, but the truth is that those stories---some of which are not true and others have been embellished---represent only the most minute percentage of what Greyhound racing is all about. Most of those stories were spoonfed to reporters by GPL, Grey2K, HSUS, PETA and their ilk without any rebuttal by people in racing. I've read several of the ones you list and they are utterly lacking in journalistic integrity.

As a whole, Greyhounds live much better than the general pet population. They are housed in climate-controlled kennels, not outside in all types of weather chained to a tree. They get regular vaccinations and veterinary treatment or they are not allowed to race. They get a superior diet than the vast majority of pets. Lastly, after racing, they are adopted into loving homes by people who are dedicated to the breed. Racing is very close to 100% adoption, something that cannot be said for other dogs, millions of which are destroyed every year.

You have made the typical mistake of measuring Greyhound racing against the standard of perfection instead of against the standard of society in general. Greyhound racing treats its animals better than does the general public. PETA certainly doesn't measure up to Greyhound racing---they euthanize nearly all the animals they take in.

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jcsperson
Posted: Mar 22, 2008 at 5:11 PM - jcsperson's 215th post Copy Link
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I guess hers was just a drive-by opinion and not a sincere attempt at finding out what we think. That is the problem with most AR types. They ask the questions, and except for those who agree with them, they don't really care or want to know what anyone else really thinks.

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BeckiJ
Posted: Mar 24, 2008 at 7:25 PM - BeckiJ's 73rd post Copy Link
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Agreed

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