It seems overlords all over the world have the same difficulty. Of course when you think that the heartless exploitation and brutal abuse of innocent animals is a career choice, we shouldn't be surprised when certain higher level moral concepts like say, following the rules escapes their grasp.
Top greyhound racing administrator John McArthur has resigned from the Racing Integrity Unit (RIU) after one of his dogs tested positive for morphine.We'll give you a minute to recover from the shock of seeing the phrase "greyhound racing" and "integrity" within six miles of one another.
While we're waiting let's take a look at some of the "integrity" in greyhound racing. Here's some, and here, and here, oh and let's not forget here.
OK, got your breath back? Now, aside from the surprising juxtaposition of vocabulary, you're probably thinking overlord, criminal activities, where's the news in that? Well, it seems the Racing Integrity Board of which Mr. McArthur is the erstwhile head is charged with investigating allegations of misdeeds in the racing industry.Yes, the guy responsible for making sure everybody plays by the rules...broke the rules.
That is, as we like to say around here, ironicus at its maximus.
So, you're thinking come on, it can't be that simple. A man can't rise to the exalted position of Administrator of the Racing Integrity Board with such a gaping flaw in his character that would allow such a deed. There's got to be more to the story.
Well, your first mistake is assuming this man has character, but in the interests of fairness we'll let Mr. McArthur tell his side of the story:
A statement from GRNZ said the morphine found in Miss Gigi's system was suspected to have come from poppy seed in bread.Oh, why didn't you say so? That's perfectly understandable. Why, the same thing happened to Elaine. Much ado about nothing, huh KB?
KB is a four year old girl who ran her races (all 34 of them) in Florida. Apparently she wasn't even interesting enough to be sent back to the farm to become a baby factory (lucky for her) because she was released to the adoption groups after she came in eighth out of eight in her last race. Here's one of her races. She comes out of box five, gets jostled a bit and finishes seventh.
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.