Watch Four Corners, 'Making A Killing'!
Thanks to the inspiring and often brave efforts of Animals Australia, those responsible may now be called to account, with concrete evidence coming to light, including some of the industry's top names in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
This is the second time Animals Australia have led the way to bring such inhumane practices to public attention and account. Their work too, made possible the wonderful Four Corners 'A Bloody Business' expose of the live cattle export trade to Indonesia and resultant public outcry once the program was screened. Good reason to join and support the ongoing work and campaigns of Animals Australia, as truly representatiive of public opinion in Australia, on issues relating to animal welfare and cruelty.
Exploiting the natural talents and skills of this wonderful and ancient breed, purely for economic gain is contemptable. To put other small animals to their deaths in pursuit of riches is scandalous.
Personally speaking as a lover of all of the various breeds of sight-hounds, they make wonderfully loyal, gentle and relaxed pets. The thought of them and other animals being abused is deplorable.
All sighthounds love to run and will chase small animals. They were bred to pursue small game in the first instance. However, greyhounds and other sight-hounds can be trained to love and respect small animals. They usually only chase doggedly and indiscriminately if their inate instincts have been further exploited and trained to chase at all costs.
My whippet is a case in point. He used to attempt to chase birds when he first came into my life as a three month old puppy. Thesedays he simply yawns at swans and ducks as we walk around the lake, soon learning that chasing anything but a ball, was forbidden. As a puppy, his breeder introduced him to kittens and cats, housemates, who soon taught him to respect them lest they claw him on the nose. Whippet Boy was a grieving mess, when Moggy Boy departed our lives. He looked for him for over a month and despaired his loss due to old age, as much as I did. More recently at the vets, Whippet Boy and resident cat, Sassy had a lovely, friendly smoochy interaction.
Several friends keep retired greyhounds as pets, though, sadly a minority of former racing greyhounds go through the greyhound adoption program. Most continue to be destroyed at the end of their money-making careers. It is a lucky greyhound that is owned and raced by an individual who loves dogs, such as my former colleague and friend Peter Rechter. He trained and raced Mary. Once retired, Mary lived out her years as the beloved family pet, though she was this, even during her finest of racing days. Those friends who have adopted greyhounds through the greyhound adoption program have found themselves enjoying the affections of their gentle, comfort loving couch potatoes, for many years.
I urge anyone reading this to watch Four Corners 'Making A Killing' at 8.30 PM tonight, or later, on iview, and join Animals Australia and Queensland's Animal Liberation's efforts to expose and eliminate such cruel and exploitative practices. To remain silent, is to be seen as condoning such practices. To add your voice to a groundswell of public opinion is to become an agent for change. Animals rely on us to be their voices against cruelty and exploitation. Get to it. Visit Animals Australia and join the campaign!