Since my best friend Hawk is a "retired" racing greyhound, I have vowed to use my site on a regular basis to do what I can to bring to an end the killing, abuse, and torture of these lovely animals.
I am aware that, in general, I am more radical then your average run of the mill greyhound racing opponent (I am talking about my politics in general, not my concern for greyhounds). I bet what I am about to tell you many on our side would publicly condemn (but, by god, in their hearts I bet you they cheer on the direct action taken at one track on the other side of the Atlantic). We have been talking for years, rescuing for years, and seeing dogs tortured and killed for years. Over in England someone got tired of just talking about it.
It seems that someone(s) busted their way into the Coventry Greyhound racing track site last month. They sprayed graffiti all over including at the main entrance. They glued the padlock and cut wires around the stadium. They cut electric wires on the trap and the manual cables, too. No big deal really, but I'm sure these people were just frustrated and wanted to do something.
The track at Coventry has been the site of years of protests.
One of the reasons for this sort of thing is highlighted at Action for Greyhounds.
Tuesday May 15th 2012 a young black male greyhound’s life was tragicly cut short in a trial at Coventry greyhound stadium, before the track officially reopened on Sunday May 20th.
LOCAL DEE JAY (also known as LOCAL FLAWLESS) was born in Ireland on May 25th 2008 along with 3 black sisters (Danesrath Mel, Local Kuro and Local Gaffer). His first race in Ireland was on September 3rd 2009 at Kilkenny greyhound track.
Throughout his brief racing ‘career’ he was dragged from here to Clonmel and Shelbourne Park, then in the U.K from Sittingbounre, Wimbledon, Romford, Brough Park, Belle Vue, Hove & Brighton, Yarmouth, Monmore and Hall Green.
His last race on a licensed track was at Hall Green on 18th April 2012 but he was raced to death at Coventry Stadium in a trial on Tuesday 15th May before the track officially opened on Sunday May 20th. Trained by the daughter of Coventry greyhound track proprietor Harry Fenton.
Coventry Stadium has been named the ‘stadium of Death’ by local greyhound protection group C.A.G.E. (Coventry Against Greyhound Exploitation) who vow to carry out peaceful protests outside the track until it is forced to close (see article on their first demo).
Raced to death!
Remember racing is not like a choice made by these creatures. They love to run, no doubt about it. They love to run with each other, no doubt about it. They don't, however, CHOOSE to be mistreated, live in unsanitary boxes, fed poor quality food, receive inadequate veterinary care, be constantly and chronically injured, and executed when they aren't "good" enough, or too old, or too ornery.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the world in Macau sits the track called the Canidrome. As per normal greyhunds are mistreated and die for the pleasure of owners, breeders, gamblers...MONEY.
As reported by Greyhounds Rescue Holland:
Built in 1931, the Canidrome is a worn out facility that does not provide even the most basic welfare standards for dogs. When not racing they are confined for long periods of time in tiny cages stacked two high, when they do race many sustain serious injuries and those who finish outside the top three in five races in a row, are simply destroyed. According to officials, around 400 dogs are killed by lethal injection each year and every greyhound arriving at the track is dead within three years.
Many countries, including Australia, allow dogs to be exported to Macau knowing full well what their fate will be. There is no adoption program allowed here. None, zero, zip. An investigation by Australia's Sunday Morning Post and a greyhound rescue/protection group last year found that 383 greyhounds imported from Australia were killed at the Canidrome that year alone. The investigation also found that nearly every single one of those dogs were perfectly healthy. It seems that if a dog fails to finish in the top three for five consecutive races, they are killed.
It is so bad that even some of the owners are complaining. They say their requests to have their dogs adopted. rather then destrouyed have been refused by the owners of Canidrome. Some owners are refusing to allow their dogs to be killed and are, at least, paying for room and board at the track (which is no great place to live, but I suppose is better then being butchered) even though they are no longer racing.
Anima chairman Albano Martins says talks with the track are going nowhere.
"Those people at the Canidrome are just joking with the Macau government. We have four or five adopters ready to take the dogs but nothing is happening."
The first article below is from the Guardian. The second is from Care2.