Measure would muzzle dog racing

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Question 3 on next month's ballot asks voters if they want to ban greyhound racing in Massachusetts.
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Tony

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#21
Oct 7, 2008
 
You mean to tell me that dog racing wasn't included in the huge bail out plan. What a gip.
Once greed got in to this game or whatever you wish to call it the dogs started getting abused.
I agree with Kevin that this should be phased out in say 3 to 5 years, but not all at once. There should also be a provision in the bill to make the dog owners more responsible for the animals during the phase out to the time they're adopted. There are numerous no-kill shelters they can send them to.
been

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#22
Oct 7, 2008
 
Kevin wrote:
There are a number of greyhound adoption agencies out there and many are adopted. Do some owners treat the dogs better than others, of course. What do you think will happen to ALL the dogs if it is banned. There will not be enough places to move the dogs to race in other states, and there will not be enough homes to adopt them.
The bottom line is if the law passes most of the greyhounds will be destroyed.
If the law was to phase out racing, I would probably be in favor of it, but stopping all at once will harm more dogs than it helps.
I agree surprisingly. But I am not sure if this would really solve the problem since many dog owners might just purge their dogs either way.

Also would more dogs die anyhow from the stress and strain of racing vs what this respondent suggests? I think the general point is to get this unneeded activity out our state. Why not convert the track to a more profitable business?
Steve

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#23
Oct 8, 2008
 
Greyhounds in the racing system are confined to small crates on average 20 hours/day, with little room to move around. In the past 6 years, over 800 greyhounds have sustained serious injuries: 80% of those being broken legs. Many of the "broken dogs" were euthanized (killed) because the tracks and their associates weren't interested in treating a broken dog or waiting for it to recover. THESE ARE FACTS, TRACK RECORDS - NOT MADE UP. Tracks have been required to report injuries since 2002. Go to www.protectdogs.org for more facts. VOTE YES on 3 to stop treating greyhounds like disposable commodities. They are dogs, and deserve to live in homes like other dogs.
Steve

Hyde Park, MA

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#24
Oct 8, 2008
 
The tracks are claiming that they have a 100% adoption rate. What a lie. That's like saying that all men are named Steve. Sure, of the men named Steve, 100% of them are named Steve. Of the dogs adopted, 100% are adopted. But what about those that are euthanized because of track injuries (broken bones, crushed skulls, cardiac arrest, "drop dead at finish lines"). What about those transferred out of state to other tracks - What's their fate? What about those that can't find a spot in an adoption shelter once they've been deemed unprofitable or reach the age of 5. They're killed. If you are dog owners, how would you like your dog to be treated this way? Vote YES on 3!
Steve

Hyde Park, MA

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#25
Oct 8, 2008
 
Kevin - Passage of Question 3 will phase out greyhound racing by 2010. It is not an abrupt or immediate cessation to the dog tracks in MA - but gradual phase out.
Veronica

Framingham, MA

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#26
Oct 8, 2008
 
Crazy-Too wrote:
Personally I could care less, but why don't they want to stop the horse racing also?
I believe it is a matter of tackling one issue at a time.
Animal

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#27
Oct 8, 2008
 
These poor dogs and horses have no choice but to race because of these selfish people who thinks it's enjoyable and a money maker. Unfortunately, animals are not able to say no. This is no way for a dog or horse to live their life. If these idiots get such enjoyment out of watching a race then they themselves should bet on and race each other. I bet none of them would like to be stuff in a confined space for most of the day. GREEDY SELFISH A HOLES!!!
Sambina

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#28
Oct 10, 2008
 
I have a rescued greyhound and I cannot explain to you how these poor dogs have been treated. They have rotting teeth, don't know what it means to be cared for properly, don't know how to walk on leashes and don't know how to go up and down stairs (to name just a few!) These are all normal things dogs should know but becasue of dog racing they haven't had the opportunity. No dog or animal deserves to be locked up a metal crate for 20 hours a day. How would you like to be confined like that?
With the way the economy is going I doubt any one will have any money left to waste it on gambling anyways.

“Do NOT Feed the Trolls!!!”

Since: Jul 08

Lowell MA

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Oct 10, 2008
 
Sambina wrote:
I have a rescued greyhound and I cannot explain to you how these poor dogs have been treated. They have rotting teeth, don't know what it means to be cared for properly, don't know how to walk on leashes and don't know how to go up and down stairs (to name just a few!) These are all normal things dogs should know but becasue of dog racing they haven't had the opportunity. No dog or animal deserves to be locked up a metal crate for 20 hours a day. How would you like to be confined like that?
With the way the economy is going I doubt any one will have any money left to waste it on gambling anyways.
I've seen a retired greyhound up close, and I remember that it had no idea how to climb stairs. Obviously, it had lived its entire life on a flat surface until it got into a house.
No dog should have to live like that.

Since: May 08

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#30
Oct 10, 2008
 
omg! so sad
Daniel Jones

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#31
Oct 30, 2008
 
Animal Rights activists continue to distort the facts in an attempt to appeal to people's emotions. Everyone loves dogs. And the fact is that owners and trainers treat their dogs well. Unfortunately, if Question 3 passes and dog racing is outlawed, more than 1,000 hard working PEOPLE will lose their jobs. Especially in these tough economic times, that is just not right.
Cheryl

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#32
Nov 6, 2008
 
Former owner of race dogs wrote:
Of course there will always be people like Tracy out there that think they know the truth about racing. The fact is she's wrong. If a dog breaks a toe then the dog goes to the Vet thats on hand at the track then to another Vet after the fact and the toe is x-rayed and then the dog will rest until its heeled. If the break is going to effect the dog then the dog will be given to an adoption agency and they will find it a nice home. I have been in many kennels no one has whips, no one has rotten food. The dogs eat meat with veggies mixed in along with regular dry dog grain. On race day they getting snack in the morning with fish or chicken and then after the race they eat a full meal like every other dog. They dont eat a full meal in the morning due to the fact if the have a full stomach and then run it could cause them harm. so they snack then eat after. Just please know your facts before you start talking.
Of course there will always be people like this guy, weakly attempting to justify something that is obviously and clearly outdated and reaking of neglect. It's rather a mute point to explain what the dogs eat and, if it breaks a part of its body it goes to the vet. The truth is public open and vote is in place. Please get your facts straight before making a half-arsed attempt to condemn the truth.

http://www.gagah.co.uk/Neglect%20&%20Abus...

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