Friday, August 31, 2007

Friday Hound Blogging

Well, well, well. It seems the overlords are being a tad bit defensive over comparisons of their chosen profession with the pastime activities of one Michael Vick. Erm...if by chosen you mean they couldn't pass the test to become greeters at Walmart (Wait, good morning. That's before noon, right? Thanks for coming in. We'll let you know if we can use you.)

The Michael Vick story has pushed illegal dog-fighting to the top of America’s news and social media agenda. It’s also generated numerous articles, columns and blog posts arguing that greyhound racing deserves the same condemnation. That may explain why the American Greyhound Track Operators Association (AGTOA) announced its annual impact economic impact study on August 23 — several months before it usually does.

Ah, typical overlord cluelessness. The Michael Vick tragedy is about the unnecessary, heartless, inhumane exploitation and destruction of dogs that were bred for no other reason than to satisfy the perverted appetites of a few soulless individuals. So how do the overlords defend themselves when people point out the obvious connections between them and the Vickster? They say, but we pay taxes!

Yay! As long as you give that state a cut, it's not immoral or inhumane. But wait. There's more:

"While this economic contribution to the states where we do business is substantial, our sport could not exist were it not for our greyhound athletes," said Richard Winning, president of AGTOA. "We have a special responsibility to ensure greyhounds are well cared for from the time they are born until they retire."

Riiiight. If by "cared for" you mean this:

Up to 400 greyhounds are being killed each year as Macau's only dog-racing track struggles to survive.

Or this:

It is hard to think of someone abusing greyhound dogs, but that is exactly what the state is investigating after dogs tested positive for cocaine and three others died from heat exhaustion.
The same trainer at the Daytona Beach Kennel Club cared for all of the dogs.

Or these:

Thousands of greyhounds are killed each year as the declining dog-racing industry struggles to stay alive. Some puppies are killed in the name of "selective breeding" before they ever touch a racetrack.

Oh, yeah, and these too:

Within a period of a few months three stud dogs died from unidentified causes, as well as five puppies during birth when their "extremely thin" mother apparently suffered a stroke while whelping.

With "care" like that, you're lucky you got out in one piece, huh Luna?

Luna is very sweet and loving. She likes to follow her foster family around the house. She is very alert and pays attention to her surroundings. She is easygoing and mellow. She wants to be near people. She has very expressive ears and wags her tail often. She enjoys playing with people. She likes to snuggle. Luna would do well in a working family home with well-mannered children. She is good as an only dog and is also good with other dogs. 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.

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