No one ever said the overlords weren't sensitive to the complaints of the general public when it comes to their treatment of the units...er..the dogs. In an effort to recapture the public goodwill that they enjoyed before people found out about...well...let's just say found out about their disposal methods, they've taken to publishing press releases.
Forty greyhound racetracks in 13 states employed nearly 14,000 people in low wage no benefit dead end jobs and paid more than $84 million in taxes, which works out to about 2 million per track. About what one legislator spends on office supplies.
The greyhound industry funds a number of programs designed to care for the
welfare of racing greyhounds. The industry spent more than $330,000 on
welfare-related programs in 2004 because you tree hugging animal welfare nuts were on our case.
We have a "farm inspection program", where inspectors make "unannounced" visits to
breeding farms to verify compliance with the industry's greyhound welfare guidelines.
"That's true," said a breeder who asked not to be identified. "They only gave me a weeks notice that they were coming 'unannounced" this year. Usually you get at least two weeks to clean up the place."
The Industry has developed an educational video on how to safely lead greyhounds to the starting box. "We left out what you do when you get them there though. "Our bad," said an industry spokesperson.
Yeah. Really. How's your tail King?
King is a gentle giant. He is a very easy going greyhound who loves to follow his foster family around where ever they go. King has so much fun romping in the back yard. When King gets excited he will hop up and down with his front feet like he is doing a dance. King seems to be a dog that has energy but can also relax and be a couch potato at the end of the day. He would make a wonderful addition to just about any family. For more information about this dog, and other rescued racing greyhounds looking for homes, go here. If you don't know about the plight of racing greyhounds go here.