The American Greyhound Council (AGC) announced today that the Greyhound Adoption Person of the Year Award will become the Greyhound Adoption Program of the Year (GAPY) Award, effective immediately. Nominations will open April 1 online for organizations that have made exceptional contributions to greyhound adoption. The AGC will recognize two organizations each year going forward.
Attorney General Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma has issued a consumer alert warning state residents that donations to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) may not be used to benefit local shelters and dislocated animals, but go toward unrelated efforts such as lobbying in Washington DC or other states.
According to Wisconsin Ag Connection, an online agriculture news network, the alert was issued after the attorney general’s office received complaints in the wake of last year’s tornadoes in Moore that HSUS had misled Oklahomans by telling them their donations would go to help local shelters and dislocated animals.
A recent Facebook post by avowed greyhound lover Amy Cochran has fired up greyhound enthusiasts and generated dozens of positive responses on the social media site.
"Greyhound Racing--The Truth. A journey from anti-racing to pro-racing" describes how Cochran, who then opposed greyhound racing, changed her views after visiting Victoryland Greyhound Park in Alabama and getting to know trainers and kennel staff personally.
KGUN-TV's Grey2K-driven March 10 report on greyhound injuries at Tucson Greyhound Park was one-sided and lacking in balance, according to a letter from AGC spokesman Gary Guccione to the station's news department. Guccione said the story "failed to provide balancing facts or context for Grey2K's hysterical claims."
The American Greyhound Council (AGC) has offered its assistance as Florida regulators gather additional information about several greyhound deaths reported by tracks in compliance with state law. The offer was announced in a statement issued by the AGC late today. The complete text follows:
AGC STATEMENT ON GREYHOUND DEATHS IN FLORIDA
On Sunday, February 16, several Florida media outlets carried stories about greyhound deaths at Florida tracks. Greyhound tracks and kennel operators take their greyhound welfare obligations very seriously. When greyhound fatalities are reported, no one is more concerned than the people who work with these dogs every day.
The American Greyhound Council (AGC) is the organization in greyhound racing that funds and oversees greyhound welfare, safety and adoption programs. The AGC was formed as a joint effort by the National Greyhound Association (NGA), representing greyhound breeders and kennel operators; and the American Greyhound Track Operators Association (AGTOA), representing tracks.
Over the past decade, the industry has made significant progress in reducing serious greyhound injuries at the track through various measures, including improvements to track surfaces, new safer lure technologies, safer fencing, widening of turns and other techniques.
As a result of these efforts, we are proud to report that fewer than one-half of one percent of all racing starts result in injuries, and only a tiny fraction of those result in a greyhound fatality. Florida's 13 tracks saw an estimated 400,000 racing starts in 2013.
Greyhound breeders and kennel operators have adopted some of the toughest self-regulatory standards of any animal industry. Anyone found guilty of failing to provide proper care for racing greyhounds is banned from the sport for life, and others in racing prohibited from doing business with them.
Greyhound racing is proud of these advances, but we also recognize that further improvement is needed. As long as even one greyhound loses its life, we have more work to do. We are committed to making further meaningful progress on this front.
Meanwhile, the AGC has offered all possible assistance to Florida regulators as they work to determine the facts of these reported incidents. We respect the role of regulators in ensuring compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, and we stand ready to support their efforts.