I don't just live next door to some cruel people but have grown up within the TB race industry so know more than your average jo blow about what goes on within the sport of competive TAB racing. I lived for 3 years emearged in the greyhound breeder/trainer side of things when I ran a pet food suupply place near Londonderry. They do cut many corners when feeding greyhounds, you have to know 80 odd % of your racers don't come from top standard trainer/kennels. You'd be surpriced what **** they bulk their feed ouy with & their non racing hounds substain on a diet of cheap dry bits & weetbix.
Originally Posted by peter70
I have no hatred of the sport & as I have stated here I am not even calling for a ban just reform. I loved my trotts & gallopes & am geneticly predisposed to like it too I guess but after seeing the things I have ssen from an insider veiw I can not say it's all fine & the animals are treated as high class athletes because thats bull at least more than half the time. You'd be surpriced how little some trainers do to get a animal ready to race 7 this is why we have so many ligament & tendon damaged accisated with racing animals. They are not even gotten race ready nevermind treated as a top class athlete. It may surprice you to know some hounds & TB's are marked as losers from day 1 & only raced to rig racers for betting advantage.
I totaly agree that some dog breeding is also cruel & although I don't show myself anymore & dislike the whole deal that goes along with some show breeder/owners you can hardley put it in the same catergory due to the shear numbers breed each year in the name of racing. I am not a animal activist like some posters & have had an insiders veiw via growing up in a family of TB owner/ breeders & trainers & beleive me these animals have it bad more times than not.
I also think any betting on any sport dose change the morals assicated with that sport but I hardley think the TAB & betting are the biggest monster out there as far as racing animals go. It's mainly your trainer/breeders that are only motivated by money that really cause the missery.
Dogs make everyday life enjoyable...........