Friday, December 11, 2009

Friday Hound Blogging

Oh yeah baby! It's on now animal rights wacko, tree hugging, communist, atheist, Muslim, socialist America haters! You have angered overlord Phil Ruotolo and he's about to unleash his righteous anger all over your pasty "Awww aren't they cute little doggies" behind.

OK, they are cute little doggies so that insult didn't quite work out the way we intended. Sort of used up the whole overlord vocabulary in that first sentence. But no matter, on with the story. It seems that a while back dog nut Jen Krebs penned an editorial about greyhound racing in which she was all like "Dude. Sucking the life out of innocent animals so you don't have to work for a living is totes uncool."

To which overlord Ruotolo replies, "Your mama."

Now, for those of you watching at home who are not trained in the intricacies of high level rhetorical exchanges, allow us to explicate. Mr. Ruotolo? Your point?
First, more than 90 percent of all registered greyhounds are adopted or returned to the farm as pets or breeders when they retire.
Ha! Well played, Mr. overlord sir. Opening gambit: math. Can't argue with numbers. Advantage overlords. Ms. Krebs? Your response?

In 2006 according to the racing industry there were 3768 litters of greyhounds which were approximately 24,567 animals. Of those, 22,951 were registered to race. Now, subtract 22,951 from 24,567 and we come up with 1,616 dogs that never got registered. There's no record of them at all. Take the 22,951 who were registered to race, subtract the approximately 14,800 that we know were adopted, factor out the 1200 that were returned to the farms for breeding, that leaves 6,951 units unaccounted for. 6,951 is a little less than a third of 22,951 which means about 66% of the dogs were adopted. If we figure in those puppies the number drops closer to 60%. appears math can go two ways; made up or figured out. Afraid this round goes to the animal rights wacko, Mr overlord sir. Should have read the instructions before you started using your calculator. What else you got?
For example, Grey2K claims that the meat classified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as 4D is unfit for greyhound consumption. In fact, the opposite is true. The USDA labels 4D meat as unsuitable for human consumption, but perfectly acceptable for animals.
Ruh ro, he's got you there Ms. wacko ma'am. Dogs aren't people, no how, no way. Advantage overlord and we feel this round will have to go to...We're sorry, what did you say? Dogs aren't like people except when they're used as models to investigate the effects of E coli food poisoning from 4D meat? Hmm...guess people and dogs aren't that different after all. And what else? If the E coli doesn't get them, the Salmonella will (pdf)? And what else? You haven't even gotten to the toxic mix of disease and additives that made the food animal sick in the first place? The pathogenic smorgasbord? Doesn't sound like any smorgasbord we'd be interested in. Sorry Mr. Overlord, facts beat dreams. Round two to the wacko, but please continue.
Third, to suggest that expanding gambling will hurt greyhounds is simply absurd. If more revenue is available to greyhound tracks, purses will increase, which means that owners and kennel operators will be able to devote even more resources to quality care and adoption programs.
Whoa. He plays the trump card! We all know that the units are priority number one to the overlords and they care about them like family. Certainly with all the tracks closing and going bankrupt all over the country, any new money that comes into the system is going to go right to the care of the animals. We mean, just look at the track record the overlords have, taking care of the units.

OK, bad example(s). Let's just award this round to the wacko and move on before we attract the attention of the authorities.
Fourth, Ms. Krebs argues that greyhound racing should be eliminated because the industry is in financial stress. By this logic, most U.S. businesses should be shut down.
Well now that's a point Ms wacko. We mean, everybody's a little stressed these days, right Linda Cliffel, adoption coordinator for the Central Illinois Greyhound Adoption group?
Cliffel said that some kennel operators, desperate to earn some money with only a few weeks to go in the racing season, are holding onto some greyhounds as long as they can. "My focus is I have to have owners willing to give me their pets so I can adopt them," Cliffel said. The situation has become so desperate for kennel operators that she arranged to ship hundreds of pounds of dog food for the animals still at Dairyland. Some of the kennel operators don't have enough money to feed the dogs.
So broke you can't even feed the dogs, yet you're keeping them in the hopes of them earning you another couple of bucks before the track closes? That's not stress, Mr. overlord sir, that's devastation. And selfishness, but we'll stick with devastation. Sorry. No points for you, but give us your big finish.
Whether you enjoy watching greyhound races, eating meat, wearing leather, fishing, going to the zoo or raising pets, you'd be well advised to keep an eye on these groups and take their deceptive emotional appeals with a grain of salt.
Ah...yeah, well, looks like he's the one being emotional, huh TJ?

TJ is playful, easygoing, and ready to please. He likes affection. He gives kisses and wants to be hugged and loved. He will give you a play stance when he wants to play and he bounces his feet up and down. He is a Second Chance at Life Dog from the Coldwater Prison Program. TJ would do well in a working family home with well-mannered children, 10 and up. He is good with other dogs and would probably be happiest in a home with another dog to keep him company. He likes to “talk”, so he would do better in a single family home rather than a condo. He would do well with an active family that would include him in their activities. 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.

And if you 'd like to know more about the good work the Second Chance at Life program is doing for the dogs, and the prisoners, go here.


Anonymous said...

Ruotolo? The names almost sound "fun" until they start injecting the steroids, coke ad 4D meat into their "products".
When only the uneducated go to the "races" because only true "losers" do dumb things, and constantly, one can only surmise that "Ruotolo" is at the head of his class as in "stupid".
We have all seen the likes of people like the Diane Whiteleys, Martin Ropers, Marena Riggins and even the lowliest of the lows like all the Emily Taylors. All of them, and everywhere, are misfits with no ambition but to ride a dog to death.
When broken legs, spines, all sorts of terminal cancers, disfigurements due to all the illegal drugs pumped into these innocent canines, and hundreds of electrocutions, amputations not to mention burning down your own full kennel of Greyhounds when all else "fails", what kind of people really do run this kind of "show"?
More importantly, what kind of people continue to lie about it and demand assistance to keep it "going".

Anonymous said...

"Ruotolo"? Sounds like a candy bar Doug Pizzi would kill for.
I mean, what the hell. If they kill Greyhounds for a living, you need that certain "sweetener" to stay "energized" and "engaged". And you know that old Jackie Gleason saying:" How sweet it is!" Well, that's Greyhound Racing exactly stated and with a ton of gut. Particularly when all the crooked politicians, extreme religious right and thousands of mental rejects like all the Kay Smiths portraying their sheer gluttony for sadism.
"Ruotolo"? Let that name roll and toss in yor mouth. If you can swallow that kind of scum, you can eat anything.

Anonymous said...

When it comes to believing Je Krebs or Ron Hevener, who are you kidding?
At least Jen Krebs doesn't have a huge biogra[hy on GOOGLE telling everybody how many Greyhounds she gets per bitch like Hevener.
(He gets 10. And he's counting.)
Imagine breeding puppies knowing fully well most die by three years of age due to all the 4-D meat, accidents and "vets" executing them because it's cheaper than surgery, or therapy, particularly for "losers", and that way you don't need the necessary food, and proper shelter and annual shsots every other pet and farm animal expect because those beasts are "protected". Greyhounds? Somewhere, amidst organized crime, blatant political corruption and underworld treachery, this "forgotten dog" is still being raped and solidly.
We would all enjoy international media bringing down the hoodlums of this barbaric trade. Its brutal violence, its unabashed philosophy of utter torture and complete abuses ofpower must be wretchedly etched into every clueless society in order to dismantle tryranny that unapolegetically supports it, indeed, commands it and keeps it in "blessed" standing.
Finally, and only then, these shameless, lawless perpetrators imprisoned with heavy jail time, international media will have , at long last, served dog and man.

Jen Krebs said...

Phew! I’m so glad IM's analysis of my little rhetorical combat with Overlord Phil awards victory to the wacko – er… me!

Though I might have to use "Your mama!" in future battles if things get rough.

Happy Friday all!

Life With Dogs said...

Racing blows.

Thanks for making that a little more obvious to those who were previously unaware.