If you follow the news you may have noticed that the last week wasn't very kind to the overlords in Florida, due to a new regulation that forces the overlords to report inventory breakage...erm...we mean greyhound deaths at the tracks. As you may imagine, when people with souls read that a greyhound dies every three days at a Florida track they were a wee might upset and took their ire out on the committed, caring professionals who care for the units...erm...greyhounds.
Well, never one to accept a responsibility they can dodge, or face up to the fact that the heartless exploitation of innocent creatures in the futile quest for profits reflects a moral compass better suited to a scorpion, they immediately took to the nearest media outlets to defend themselves by, you guessed it, blaming someone else.
The Florida Greyhound Association and its affiliate, the National Greyhound Association, are defending the treatment of the racing dogs in response to an article in the Sunday Miami Herald and Tampa Bay Times that reported that 74 dogs have died on race track property since the state started keeping records in May."First of all we resent the media hype surrounding this issue," said Jack Cory, lobbyist for the Florida Greyhound Association. "These dogs didn't 'die' at the track. They were simply retired with extreme prejudice, that's all."
"1(sic) early death of a Greyhound is to (sic) many, BUT unfortunately accidents and illness happen with death resulting everywhere in Day Care Centers,'' Cory wrote."I'm sure we've all been touched by the sight of a pre-schooler coming out of the far turn, tripping over a loose shoelace and going down," Corey continued. "It's unfortunate. It's sad, but it's part of life."
"Nursing Homes, Hospitals even at DCF where 432 Children died from Abuse and Neglect in 2012. I am not comparing a Greyhound to a Child but accidents and illness do happen with death resulting!Who hasn't been affected by the sight of eight octogenarians getting their walkers tangled in the first turn and going into the wall, or hospital patients losing control of their hospital beds on the backstretch and crashing into one another, or foster children forced to race in extreme weather conditions? It's heartbreaking, but it happens.
They are unfortunate and many could be stopped with our 3 point safety plan!"When asked to detail the points in the safety plan Corey gave this breakdown:
1. Stop passing transparency laws
2. Don't allow media or regulators on the tracks
3. Take our word for it
Later Corey's office issued a press release in response to the newspaper stories spreading across the state.
The Division of Parimutuel Wagering (PMW) does NOT have a Report! Instead they have 212 pages of emails and faxes, many of them confusing. We mean dogs are dying and getting injured all over the place every day! Who can keep track of all that?
Not one case was opened for animal abuse or neglect. Not one! The Florida Greyhound Association and the National Greyhound Association have a zero tolerance for any animal abuse and neglect. Now, killing an animal outright in the service of profit for us, that's a different story, but abusing, or neglecting? Not us buddy.
There were over 8,000 racing Greyhounds in Florida during 2013 unfortunately 70 of them died, but that was less than 1%. What other warehousing operation can boast of an inventory breakage rate of 1% huh? Just name one.
This is very sad but should not be exploited by out of state radical "Animal Rights" groups, for political or fund raising purposes, that condoned the killing of 250,000 Shelter Pets in Florida last year. I have no idea how that last phrase fits with the first one, but the point is CAN WE CHANGE THE SUBJECT PLEASE?
If Live Greyhound Racing were reduced or eliminated these 8,000 beautiful Greyhounds would be put at risk of becoming someone's pet.
Over 50 % died because of the Track Related circumstances and Track Managements Failures! 37 Greyhounds died because of Track Related circumstances and the Track Management's failure to maintain their Compound properly. Legislation may be necessary to stop track owners from making us race our dogs on their tracks.
The Florida Greyhound Association and the National Greyhound Association have a very strong safety and inspection program on the farms. Sure, when they get to the tracks it's a crap shoot as to whether they'll survive or not, but on the farms they're safe.
Hmmm...we never thought of that. See Charlie? If you had just stayed on the farm you wouldn't have risked getting killed or injured every time you raced, so it's your fault!
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