Equal Rights for Greyhounds

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Anita Kanitz
3 weeks ago
Animals are wonderful sentient beings and are our best friends and soul companions. We have to respect, respect, protect and love them.
The relationship between humans and animals is ancient.
The dog, for example, became a pet more than 10,000 years ago. Horses were already tamed in the early Stone Age. And chickens have been cackling around people's huts and houses for around 5000 years. Animals were primarily there to provide for people: with meat, milk, fat, leather. . . Or to serve the animals as a load hauler and cart puller. Hardly anyone thought about how the animal helpers fared. Why also? In ancient times and in some cases, animals were and are still considered "things".
We love some like good friends. We only like others to eat - or use them as guinea pigs. That shouldn't be, say animal rights activists. They have been fighting for our fellow creatures for centuries
Many animals still suffer!

It was at the beginning of the 13th century when a wolf terrified people in Gubbio, Italy. Nobody dared to go outside the city gate - except Franz. "Beware," warned the others, "the wolf has already eaten many, it will kill you too." But Franz went fearlessly into the forest. When the wolf saw him coming, he bared his teeth - and became calm. Because Franz talked to the animal for a long time, called it his "brother" and promised to take care of the wolf. And so he managed to tame the animal. The legend of St. Francis of Assisi, who lived from around 1181 to 1226, sounds like a fairy tale. The church man was known as an animal lover, many people today consider him the first animal rights activist. He saw even the tiniest worm as worthy of protection. Why? Because he respected animals and humans as equal creatures of God. It is therefore no coincidence that two important dates coincide on October 4th of each year: the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi and World Animal Day.

The relationship between humans and animals is ancient!
The dog, for example, became a pet more than 10,000 years ago. Horses were already tamed in the early Stone Age. And chickens have been cackling around people's huts and houses for around 5000 years. Animals were primarily there to provide for people: with meat, milk, fat, leather. . . Or to serve him as a load hauler and cart puller. Hardly anyone thought about how the animal helpers fared. Why also? In ancient times, animals were considered "things". And still in the 17th century, the French philosopher René Descartes described them as "machines". Animals are numb like metal and feel no pain.
But there were also other opinions:
As early as the 3rd century BC The Indian ruler Ashoka forbade the sacrifice of animals. Actual animal protection in Europe began with an English law, the "Martin's Act" of 1822. In this country it took a little longer for people to realize that their fellow creatures were not "things" either: in 1837 two priests founded the first German association in Stuttgart for the protection of farm animals. Today in most cities there are clubs and organizations that take care of animals in general. Animal cruelty has also been made a criminal offense since 1933. And the Animal Welfare Act of 1972 expressly declares animals to be "fellow creatures". This means that people have to make sure that the animals are doing well, regardless of whether they are farm animals, domestic animals or wild animals. Five years ago, Germany was the first country in the European Union to include animal welfare in its constitution - where our country's most important regulations are.
Many animals still suffer!
Even so, there are still many problems. The German Animal Welfare Association denounces, for example, the keeping of bears, elephants and tigers in circuses: Many suffer from constant changes of location and life in cages that are too small. It is true that circuses are now monitored by veterinarians. But because the showmen are constantly moving around, it is difficult to control them. Animal transports are also very controversial: when pigs or cattle are driven to the slaughterhouse, they are often crammed together in a very small space - regardless of whether it is freezing cold or scorching hot. For some years now, regulations have stipulated that, for example, the temperature on the loading areas of vans must not be higher than 35 degrees. There must also be rest breaks for the animals. And the space requirement is also regulated. And there is still a bitter dispute over animal experiments in laboratories: Some say that without such experiments on mice or monkeys, no new drugs or surgical methods that later help terminally ill people can be developed.
Others demand that animal experiments must be generally prohibited because, firstly, there are too many nonsensical experiments and, secondly, one must not deal with living things that way anyway.
Fortunately, in many other cases there are clearer solutions. Just like recently with three dancing bears in Bulgaria. In order to entertain spectators, the animals were terribly tortured. The owners had cut off their claws and forced them onto hot metal plates - where the brown bears "danced" in pain. The organization "Vier Pfoten" bought them free and took them to a 120,000 square meter reserve, where they now live in peace. This means that the last dancing bears in the European Union are finally free. Francis of Assisi would certainly have been happy about it.

It is very easy to help here, in that we finally see animals for what they really are, our companions, friends, soul mates and fellow creatures.
I am absolutely of the opinion that anyone who is cruel to animals is also cruel to people and you can see that on nations and people how they treat animals. Fear the cruel and the callous because they are not only a threat to animals but to all of us and our whole planet.
Anita Kanitz, publisher, trade unionist and animal rights activist

Voices for our best friends on Earth, the animals:

The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity."
― Arthur Schopenhauer, 'The Basis Of Morality'

"Kindness and compassion towards all living things is a mark of a civilized society. Conversely, cruelty, whether it is directed against human beings or against animals, is not the exclusive province of any one culture or community of people."
― Cesar Chavez

"One day, the absurdity of the almost universal human belief in the slavery of other animals will be palpable. We shall then have discovered our souls and become worthier of sharing this planet with them."
― Martin Luther King, Jr.

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
-Mahatma Gandhi.

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Andrew Bukala
Oct 10, 2021
As a greyhound owner I fully support off leash areas for them.
The are able to completely socialised

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Belinda Magill
Jul 26, 2021
Because greyhounds are beautiful animals

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Eric Elder
May 27, 2021
I love dogs!

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Darren Neilan
May 27, 2021
We've had the pleasure of meeting Willow while out walking our very own newest member of the family, Monica, a similarly docile and incredibly well-behaved greyhound. Already, after only three months, she has proven that she has the temperament to be allowed off-leash. It's been over two years since she last raced. What makes the leash law so anochronistic in this situation, is that these dogs are largely bred, and harshly trained, to run, and many feel a great need to simply let out their energy in the form of a quick sprint. Monica certainly does, and it's heartbreaking to have to keep her on the leash. The law needs to be changed.

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pam brandis
Apr 27, 2021
If any breed is friendly & sociable , let them be.

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Neelam Brink-Hauser
Feb 8, 2021
love goodie. i have a greyhounds of my own.

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Suellen Walpole
Jan 22, 2021
Animal rights

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Kim Mason
Dec 18, 2020
look at that face

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Valerie Nordberg
1 year ago
For those that can't speak for themselves.