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Friday, October 31, 2008

Vote Yes on Question 3

THIS IS FOR THOSE who live in Massachusetts. Question Three on this Tuesday's ballot will end greyhound racing by 2010. It's about time. Please end this inhumane and crude form of amusement, at a cost too terrible for the dogs. The information following is from the Humane Society fo the United States.
Greyhounds Endure Lives of Confinement
Wonderland Greyhound Park and Raynham Park both require a population of over 1,000 dogs to function as gambling enterprises.Because these tracks require such a large number of dogs, greyhounds endure lives of terrible confinement, kept in small cages barely large enough to stand up or turn around for long hours each day.
How Small Are the Cages?
Large greyhounds cannot fully stand up in racetrack cages. The minimum dimensions for cages at Wonderland Greyhound Park and Raynham Park are 32 inches wide by 42 inches deep and 34 inches high. According to the American Greyhound Council, greyhounds stand between 23 inches and 30 inches tall at the shoulder, and weigh between 50 and 85 pounds.
By contrast, the runs used for similarly sized dogs at the MSPCA Boston Animal Care and Adoption Center are approximately five times larger than the cages used at local racetracks.
Warehouse-Style Kennels with Commercial Cages
At these facilities, dogs are kept in warehouse-style kennels in hundreds of stacked metal cages. Shredded newspaper is used as bedding.

How Long Are the Dogs Confined?
At Massachusetts racetracks, dogs are typically confined for 20 or more hours per day.


Blogger tr said...

That's pretty terrible.

And jumping on the political theme, if you're in CA make sure to vote no on Prop 8!

See this video for an example of what "they" are afraid might happen if the proposition doesn't pass.

7:23 PM  
Blogger BiscuitsBoy said...

thanks for the comment, tr-- we are in mourning over Prop 8 and the victory of hate and bigotry, even while we celebrate over Obama. Justice deferred indeed. While we celebrate with our African-American brothers and sisters over the election of a black man, and understand their tears of joy over seeing something they never thought they would, we wonder if our own eyes will ever see an openly gay man or woman elected president-- a thing that seems impossible, even today...

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