The AGC responds to a July 20 letter crammed with animal rights misinformation. The letter appeared in the Panama City (FL) News Herald.
Dennis Dyke’s letter of July 20 presented animal rights misinformation as fact. Your readers deserve to know the truth about greyhound racing.
More than 90 percent of all registered greyhounds are adopted or returned to the farm as pets or breeders when they retire. Due to a reduction in the number of greyhounds bred in recent years, we expect to achieve 100 percent placement of all adoptable greyhounds in the near future. This is possible because of close cooperation between greyhound racing and hundreds of non-profit, volunteer adoption groups across the U.S.
Racing greyhounds must eat well in order to perform at their peak. They are fed meat classified by the USDA as unsuitable for human consumption but perfectly healthy for animals. If this diet produced ill effects, no trainer would feed it to greyhounds.
Mr. Dyke is also wrong in his comments about greyhound injuries. The fact is that the vast majority of injuries to greyhounds are minor, permitting the dogs to return to racing within a week or two. On the rare occasions when more serious injuries occur, they still don’t prevent most greyhounds from transitioning successfully to retirement in an adoptive home.
The most absurd argument of all is that people should end greyhound racing simply because the industry is already under economic stress. If that’s the case, then we should put an end to restaurants, banks, clothing stores and newspapers, too. Don’t worry about the people working in those businesses. They’ll find other jobs—if there are any employers left to hire them.
Gary Guccione, American Greyhound Council