“Eric, I'm not naive. I chose to educate myself. I did not blindly follow the leader telling me that greyhound racing was bad.
I will correct one statement that I made. We did "rescue" one hound. A healthy & happy greyhound that our group placed was abused by his family.
The group I volunteer with is a small group north of the border. We do not have a kennel so we cannot house large numbers of hounds. We do the best we can. I can tell you this...despite our size/reach, we have NEVER turned down a request from track connections to assist with a dog.”
Eric Jackson NM on May 8, 2012 at 14:49:26
“I'm glad that you consider yourself "educated" on greyhound racing. I don't understand how a reasonable person could look at the facts around racing and decide that it's acceptable, but so be it. Everything I know about greyhound racing has lead me to the informed opinion that it is cruel and inhumane. I don't blindly follow anyone, and I have not had anyone tell me greyhound racing is bad without providing substantial evidence. When I first got into greyhound adoption, I was neutral, I didn't know enough to have an opinion. However, the more I learned, the more opposed I became to this exploitation. It was only after learning about greyhound racing that I chose to become an advocate.
Taking a bounced greyhound is commendable, and I'm glad your group did that. No animal should be abused. However, your limited experience does not extrapolate to the entire industry. Just because you haven't encountered abused greyhounds doesn't mean they don't exist, it just means you haven't experienced them.”
“I have volunteered with a greyhound adoption (we don't call it "rescue") group for the last six years and I adopted my first retired racer almost 10 years ago. I have not yet seen an abused or neglected or discarded dog.
I have seen plenty of hounds who were adored by their trainers and owners. I have spoken with trainers who were heartbroken to see the hounds move on but so happy to know they were starting their second career with a loving family.”
Eric Jackson NM on May 8, 2012 at 13:43:01
“Jennifer, you have been either very lucky or very naive. Perhaps because you don't do "rescue" work, your group is not fielding the calls from shelters and pounds. Perhaps your group doesn't scour those same shelters and pounds for anything that might be a greyhound. Perhaps you're not seeing the abandoned and abused dogs because they are being picked up, cared for, and the adopted out by groups that cast a wider net than you and your group.”