Read this: http://tinyurl.com/4lrvxg9
And while most of you who are animal friendly will quickly rise to your feet and say, “YAY! GREYHOUND RACING WILL END IN FLORIDA!” I ask you to take a moment and consider this. With anywhere from 10K to 60K greyhounds in the racing system right now…and no noticeable reduction in racing greyhound breeding…who will take these dogs when the vote comes through and the state of Florida becomes (not completely) greyhound free?
How many of you will be able to take two or three foster dogs into your house? Will you agree to sponsor a dog that needs food, medical care, a place to stay and transport to a forever home? What will happen to the dogs if no one steps up physically or financially?
I’m not supporting greyhound racing. I have become, over the past 10 years, ambivalent. I don’t really care if it exists or doesn’t. But these thoughts come across my mind and heart all the time.
Would I have ever met Flyer, Free Free, Fusey, Coombsy or Chelsea if greyhound racing never existed? What about Santa, Pinky, Stella, Annie, Eva, Bart, Mikey…all the dogs I (and we) love? Would we have met them?
Where will the dogs go? Really, do you think that racing greyhound owners will just stop breeding? Right now? Really? What wonder-world do you live in? Where will the dogs go? Caliente? Australia? Spain? They’re all business people. They will find a place. How can we “control” the adoption of the dogs if racing stops? At least with the AGTOA, we know SOMETHING. Without a governing organization we know NOTHING.
If you’re not involved now (and by YOU I don’t necessarily mean you…but the generic you), will you get involved? Even if you stop and say YES! I WILL GET INVOLVED because I’ve fired up your sensibility towards sweet animals in crisis…the reality is that only probably 1-3% of you will take action. Since I think I only have about 10 readers….that’s like…1/10th of a person. Not a lot.
So while I applaud the “end” of greyhound racing…do I really? In this country, we have a tendency to react without proper planning. (Just look around….) Is there any way we can PREPARE for the upcoming situation *before* it happens?