Letters to the Editor

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009
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The realities of greyhound racing

(In response to Nathan Meacham’s Friday article, “After 50 years in the Valley, Greyhound racing park to close.”)

It concerned me that rather than presenting a balanced article, only a pro-greyhound racing view was offered.

As an adopter of ex-racing greyhounds for the past 12 years, I have become familiar with “the other side of the coin,” so to speak. I believe that, at least from a journalism standpoint, the author of your article could easily have found numerous media reports of the abuse and neglect racing greyhounds are subjected to during their racing “careers.”

If The State Press is interested in having Mr. Meacham present additional views regarding greyhound racing, I would be happy to provide him with first-hand (not anecdotal) information as to the cruelty inherent in the greyhound racing industry.

I wonder whether ASU Public Relations senior, Jesse Mock was in attendance at Phoenix Greyhound Park in 2008 when any one or more of the 400-plus greyhound injuries occurred. And if so, how he felt about seeing a greyhound injured and hearing a greyhound scream.

If Mr. Mock were to visit a home where adopted ex-racing greyhounds live, he would see them romping in the backyard, tossing stuffed toys in the air, and sleeping flat on their backs. That is really a good time, every time - for the greyhounds.

Caryn Wood