Friday, May 09, 2008

Friday Hound Blogging

Boo Yah!! The overlords get all up in those animal rights whackos faces! How you like us now biotch?

Supporters of the Greyhound Protection Act were dealt a minor blow after a House of Representatives panel voted 9-1 against a proposal aimed at banning greyhound racing.

"Minor blow?" "Minor?" Was Hiroshima "minor?" Was Saddam dealt a "Minor blow?" Did the Penguins deal the Ottawa Senators a "minor blow?" Who are the Ottawa Senators anyway? Well, never mind. The point is the overlords have got all up on the anti-racing people and opened a big old can o' whupass.

The ballot vote could have been sidestepped if legislators supported the measure and voted it into law, Carey Theil, senior adviser to the Committee to Protect Dogs said. Now the group must collect 11,099 signatures, in addition to the more than 100,000 already gathered, to move the initiative to the November ballot.

Hmm...another 11,000 signatures after you've already collected over 100,000. OK, maybe that's not such a big deal. What do you think Mr. Carney?

George L. Carney Jr., owner of the Raynham Taunton Greyhound Park, contends the Greyhound Protection Act is unconstitutional because the ballot is restricted to questions that affect the entire state. Carney contends the ban is not a statewide measure as it applies only to his track in Raynham and Wonderland Greyhound Park in Revere. "Look, most people with IQ's above that of fly paper have already decided exploiting animals for a few bucks is not a valid career path," Careny said. "Why pick on those of us who are mentally deficient, or have bad dental care?"

Right on Mr. C. Besides it's not like other states are trying to ban greyhound, right Susan Via, a former U.S. attorney?

A proposed ballot initiative for November could slow down racing at Tucson Greyhound Park.
Tucson Dog Protection, a newly formed animal welfare group that is critical of the racing industry's handling of greyhounds, is pushing a ballot measure to dramatically alter animal treatment.

Oh. Well, all righty then. At least the states are still willing to prop up the overlrods by letting them add slots because no one comes to see the dogs anymore, right Mr. Rooney?

As prospects for expanded gambling sputtered in the Florida Legislature, the owners of the Palm Beach Kennel Club said they'll contemplate a slots-free future for their 66-acre gambling complex at Belvedere Road and Congress Avenue.

Right. See what can happen when a forward looking legislature confronts a...wait a minute, what?

"In the coming months, my family will look at our property, assess the possibilities for its enhancement (both gaming and non-gaming) and see what we can do to maximize its potential," Patrick Rooney said. Everything from offices to homes to a flea market could be on the table, Rooney wrote in an e-mail. Umm...we didn't see greyhound track in there.

OK, so Florida isn't the most progressive state in the union anyway. Maybe Mr. Rooney should consider moving his operations to Kansas, right Mr. Ruffin?

The owner of Camptown Greyhound Park has ended negotiations with the Kansas Lottery that would reopen the racetrack with slot machines, the Lottery Commission said. Lottery Commission spokeswoman Sally Lunsford said Camptown owner Phil Ruffin left the bargaining table on Friday.

"Mr. Ruffin had to leave for an appointment with the personnel department at Walmart," a spokesperson for Camptown Greyhound Park told reporters.

Well, that's an ouch we'd imagine. Perhaps Mr. Ruffin should seek his fortune in Colorado. What do you think Mr. Seymour?

It appears that changes will happen at Mile High Greyhound Park this summer. In a worst-case scenario, those changes could be drastic. Speculation has been raised that the track in Commerce City might shut its doors permanently, perhaps as soon as July 1. At the very least, the track appears poised to significantly reduce its schedule.

Oh. Sorry we asked. So, is there any good news in greyhound Oh yeah, Moon got out. Yay Moon!

Moon is energetic and full of curiosity. He is happy, playful, and very affectionate. He is a Second Chance at Life Dog from the Coldwater Prison Program. Moon 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 fine as an only dog. 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 for Life program is doing for the dogs, and the prisoners, go here.

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