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    Quote Originally Posted by aussiemyf7 View Post
    Greyhounds love to run though. Thoroughbreds love to run.
    I think its 'cruel' to take that away from them.
    I agree too many Greys and TBs are being bred, and many are ended up slaughted and homeless, but take it out on the trainers and breeders, not the 'sport', that just punishes what the breeds were bred to do.
    I've never owned a Grey, but have owned two racing bred and trained TBs. When you stand in two point position, hands up their neck, you can feel the excitement ruinning through them.

    As for jumps racing, thats another matter. These horses are usually failed track runners, and they rely on their natural jumping form to run the course. Who in the racing world has the time to train them how to jump safely? Also, believe it or not, the jumps need to be higher. My TB knocks more small rails than small, cause he's simply throws himself over them.
    Absolutely! But the industries aren't there for the dogs and horses, to let them run! It was never, and is not now, about providing an outlet for the animals to run. By all means, there should be a way of allowing them to run and race - in my opinion, seeing a dog or horse running along the beach is one of the most amazing and beautiful things in the world, because they're so happy doing it.

    But really, let's not pretend that the racing industry is there for the benefit of the animals. If it was, it would look a whole lot different.

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    Yeah its not done for them, but they enjoy it nevertheless.
    A dog/horse running along the beach is nice, and they'd love it, but its just not the same.
    Have you ever watched Phar Lap? Classic example of the mind and physical capability of a Thoroughbred(and im sure for a Grey too). A TB, isn't a paddock pony. They're athletes. So are Greyhounds.
    An elite marathon runner will never be satisfied with an 800m run. A Throughbred will never be satisfied with a 20 second gallop. A Greyhound will never be satified with a mozey(sp?) along a beach.
    I know Wiley would be happy on the track, but its just not for him, physically.

    Hamish and Andy co-owned a Greyhound too!
    Last edited by aussiemyf7; 02-01-2011 at 07:54 PM.
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    I used to love the country non TAB picnic days but even those are too competive these days & if anything the horses are treated worse as their isn't stewards as such.
    I beleive there are other ways than racing a TB to fillful that drive in them but that a whole other story.
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    Sorry, I admit I haven't read back....

    I have no problem with Greyhound tracks. The dogs love to run, they are kept in good condition, they get plenty of attention every day.
    The dogs can't be mistreated or overworked because they won't win races that way.

    What I don't like is those bad trainers who don't spend time with the dogs other than just walking them (albeit for several hours a day) and those who PTS if they don't win.

    There are a lot of Greyhound rescues around dedicated to rehoming ex-racers and some breeders do make use of them rather than PTS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crested_Love View Post
    Sorry, I admit I haven't read back....

    I have no problem with Greyhound tracks. The dogs love to run, they are kept in good condition, they get plenty of attention every day.
    The dogs can't be mistreated or overworked because they won't win races that way.

    What I don't like is those bad trainers who don't spend time with the dogs other than just walking them (albeit for several hours a day) and those who PTS if they don't win.

    There are a lot of Greyhound rescues around dedicated to rehoming ex-racers and some breeders do make use of them rather than PTS.
    Are you kidding.
    Greyhound rescue is a very new thing.
    I have lived among greyhound breeder/trainers they hit their dogs over the head with tire irons because a bullet is too dear. They nearly all get rid of not winning dogs & where do you think a greyhound goes when it leaves the yard 9 times out of 10.
    I am part of a family involved in the TB indistry & thats bad enough but greyhounds are even worse.
    You need to get a bit up to date on what really goes on behind the sences of greyhound raceing.
    I really thought you'd be against not for such a cruel sport.
    Dogs make everyday life enjoyable...........

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    I am aware of what goes on behind the scenes. A friend of my parents has been racing Greyhounds for over 30 years.

    Yes back in the day they took them out to the back of the farm and shot them... now days they prefer to rehome them as there are people out there willing to do the legwork and find the homes.

    I'm not saying I support them, just that I have no problem with them being there.

    You can't condemn all Greyhound racers for the actions of the bad ones, isn't that what we say about people who breed cross breds? Hmmmmm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crested_Love View Post
    I am aware of what goes on behind the scenes. A friend of my parents has been racing Greyhounds for over 30 years.

    Yes back in the day they took them out to the back of the farm and shot them... now days they prefer to rehome them as there are people out there willing to do the legwork and find the homes.

    I'm not saying I support them, just that I have no problem with them being there.

    You can't condemn all Greyhound racers for the actions of the bad ones, isn't that what we say about people who breed cross breds? Hmmmmm
    Yes I do true.
    I am not calling for a ban but reform as I think there are still many who dispose of their dogs inhumanly.
    I admitt I know more about the TB industry than greyhounds but what I have seen was bad.
    I was just surpriced you be for them was all.
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    Nope, not kept in good condition, fed crap, kennelled 23 hours a day.
    The very few that have some sort of compassion will take them to the vet to be pts, or put them through the GAP program.
    Like I said before some vet clinics that deal with greys can pts 2-3 per day.
    The ones rescue orgs get are usually the ones dumped in pounds.
    Then there are the blood donor greys that live their lives in small concete cells all of their short lives to save the lives of others, yet get no reconition.
    Some come straight from the track with an injury and wont get treatment are bled to death for their blood.
    Then there are the ones that are used for vet students. They are already dead due to an accident at training, with broken legs and their heads facing the wrong way due to a broken neck from running into a wall.
    The list goes on.
    These are a beautiful breed, pure with no genetic health problems.

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    Wow you people certainly live next to some cruel people.
    As for greyhounds being fed crap, are you serious??? What dog would be competitive being fed crap? Lets keep it factual.
    I certainly dont see a problem with greyhound racing and to use the gambling card is clutching at straws for what i believe is your hatred of the sport.
    Other dogs love thier agility comps etc.., even show comps (which personally i despise more than racing), if betting was introduced in these would it to become a cruel sport.
    If you look at general pure dog breeding it too is cruel in many ways

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    mmm lets see weetbix, crap dry, some may feed pet mince, loads of additives.
    Poor teeth, usually a problem most of their lives. Dental before adoption, usually a couple more in their life time. Poor coats, dull and covered in dandruff.

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