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    Exclamation Petition Against New Greyhound Racing Track

    Sorry if this is in the wrong forum, but I was just linked to a petition (on facebook, unfortunately) to protest the development of a new greyhound racetrack in NSW. I have my doubts about how effective petitions really are, but something's better than nothing, surely.

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    I don't quite get what is wrong with greyhound racing.

    It's a bit like dog breeding. It's not the racing/breeding but some of the participants' ugly methods - not a reason to stop altogether surely?

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    I personally find using animals for monetary gain to be quite abhorrent, not only because they end up being used as disposable commodities.

    It's the offshoots of it that are so hideous - the thousands of dogs that end up being bred and destroyed, and the proportionately tiny amount that end up being re-homed as pets.

    Obviously there are some breeders and trainers that love their dogs and treat them like kings, absolutely. I just think that the ugly side of it is so, so ugly, and such a big problem, that there's no way to justify expanding the racing industry. The whole thing makes me feel sick.

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    Ta for the heads up Allie

    It's in my area & I very much agree with your sentiments against it
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    that makes sense Allie

    But I can't quite relate to the
    using animals for monetary gain to be quite abhorrent
    Most of my family are farmers, and they farm meat and crops and they're not vegans and neither am I. But I respect your choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    that makes sense Allie

    But I can't quite relate to the

    Most of my family are farmers, and they farm meat and crops and they're not vegans and neither am I. But I respect your choice.
    Fair point - however I guess the difference I see here is that greyhound racing (and horse racing, etc) is purely for money, whereas farming is to provide food. Farming may be the livelihood, and where the 'for money' part comes in, but there's an actual motivation beyond breeding the animals for money. Ie, to provide food. I'm vegetarian myself, but I don't think that detracts from or blinds me to the fact that farmers do what they do for a reason.

    You could argue that greyhound racing isn't just for money, and that it's for entertainment, or.. I don't know, make some argument about how the dogs love racing, but I think that's a separate issue. I don't think any of the 'positives' are all that positive, personally - there might be silver lining, but it's connected to a whole lot of other social ills and yukky things.

    Just my thoughts

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    I assume you dont like horse racing either?
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    Already signed. It's a horrible sport. 20,000 are killed every year one way or another.
    Time to keep mouth shut.
    And yes I am against jumps racing, trots and horse racing.

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    ...Ok...I have to leave this thread....
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    Allie

    What about the pet industry?

    Personally I'd rather address the bad aspects of a sport or industry than ban it altogether.

    And I would be quite happy if gambling for money or assets of any kind were banned but I suspect, like alcohol, total prohibition would fail. Far and unbiased management would be better.

    I think the racing industry provides some benefit to general dog and horse owners - in terms of nutrition research, some training work, funding of facilities that are used for various sorts of training. And vet research. I doubt that some of these would exist out of the pet industry alone. And where there is competition there is an incentive for improvement as well as incentive to cheating. It's a bit hard to chuck out the good just because of the bad.

    Molly - where do you get the figure of 20,000 from? It seems a bit high or unlikely to me.

    Are you against horse sports generally - what about eventing? show jumping? dressage? dog sports eg agility and flyball? and conformation/breed shows?

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