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I read a story today about Question Three, the question that could end greyhound dog racing, in which the Committee to Protect Dogs announced they've taped a year's worth of greyhound races in Massachusetts - and have subsequently taped hundreds of serious injuries. A video of some of them is here.
I have to admit, the video is not for the feint of heart. However, hopefully everyone will watch at least the first few minutes - where there's news about the actual findings. If anyone is considering voting no on question 3, I implore you to watch the whole thing. You should know what you'd be condemning these dogs to by voting no: picture NASCAR crashes without thousands of pounds of protection, airbags and seat belts. It's terrible - and that's not even counting the 20 hours a day Greyhounds are locked up in cages they can barely stand up and turn around in.
The tracks will say thousands of jobs are at stake, but as I've discussed on a blog earlier this summer, they make up their numbers as they go along. George Carney, the owner of the Raynham track, seems to make up a new number every time he talks to the papers - but, in that last link, I discussed the exact figures through Census and Massachusetts Dept. of Labor figures. It's not much and could easily be made up with by anything that would be built on the acres and acres of property filling these tracks.
But it shouldn't even be about that: what these dogs have to endure is horrifying and something we should strive to be better than in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It's nothing less than animal cruelty to the extreme.
Send your emails out, too. Everyone who votes in Massachusetts needs to see this video, because it's so important that we cease this barbaric practice once and for all.
Since tracks have been forced to report injuries, over 800 dogs have been injured. A year's worth of them were recorded by The Committee to Protect Dogs. Hundreds of dogs were seriously injured. Many of them died. It's brutal and we, as a society, can do better. I hope everyone will vote Yes on Question 3, so we can finally bring justice for these dogs.