End Greyhound Racing Cruelties: Better Treatment For Greyhounds
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Greyhound racing begins as a gamble and for most dogs ends in tragedy. The industry itself has admitted to killing up to 17,000 healthy dogs each year — 7,000 pups and young dogs never even make it to the track, and thousands of dogs 'retired' from racing will die — simply because they are too slow to win. The greyhounds who do make it to the track are put at significant risk of sustaining serious injuries. Up to 200 dogs are reported injured during official races each week.
Off the track their lives may not be much better — often at times being kept in tiny barren pens or kennels for the majority of their lives, only released to train or race. Racing greyhounds are not commonly kept as companion animals.
Information from greyhound rescue groups also indicates that many rescued racing greyhounds have been underfed, possibly because they have been kept on a restricted diet to keep them at a lean racing weight.
Investigators documented piglets, possums and rabbits being tied to lures and trainers releasing dogs to chase the lure then allowing dogs to catch and maul these defenceless animals. Trainers were also documented tying live animals to leads/leashes to taunt and stimulate greyhounds into aggressive behaviour before allowing them to maul the helpless animals.
In December 2015, Animals Australia exposed the export of Australian greyhounds to China and Macau. At the Canidrome racetrack in Macau life-threatening injuries are a daily occurrence, and no Australian greyhound is on record as surviving for longer than 3 years. Canidrome has a 100% euthanasia rate of Australian greyhounds. The Vietnamese greyhound racing industry, where investigation footage reveals unwanted dogs being injected with an insecticide and dying in agony, was set up by Australian industry interests.
In my opinion the Greyhound industry in Australia and particularly in the state of Victoria should either be banned, or otherwise a radical reformation in the treatment of the hounds must be undergone. Too many greyhounds in the racing industry are perceived as disposable goods and until greyhound racing is banned or improves, these gentle dogs will continue to be confined in small pens, to suffer injuries, and to be neglected, killed and left to die a premature, slow and agonizing death. Dogs are living creatures, and as far as animals go are fairly intelligent, they deserve to live worthwhile life, not only the retired dogs who may only live to be five anyway but the thousands of puppies who are murdered every year purely because of one reason: they weren’t considered good enough. In my opinion these kinds of practices are horrifying and unacceptable.
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