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We are proud to announce the formation of GREY2K USA, a
new political advocacy organization dedicated to ending greyhound racing
As I write to you, thousands of greyhound dogs are
suffering at 49 racetracks in 15 states nationwide. In 2001 alone, an
estimated 20,000 will be taken from their cages and killed. Next year,
an equal number will be crammed inside the same cages and then put to
death when no longer profitable...a truly vicious and inhumane cycle.
We all know that greyhound racing is in steep decline.
But this may soon change. In the wake of degenerating revenues from live
racing, tracks are reinventing themselves as full scale entertainment
Across the country, racetracks are seeking to expand
their simulcasting rights as well as begin offering casino-style
gambling in the form of slot machines and video poker to their patrons.
New grandstands and new restaurants with fine food and dancing,
celebrity appearances -- even special holiday events for children are
being provided to customers in a disgusting attempt to lure them to dog
But these distractions will not change the miserable
lives and brutal deaths of racing dogs. The culling and killing of
greyhound puppies on breeding farms will continue. The confinement and
neglect at racing kennels will continue. The electrocution, the
vivisection, the abuse, and the wanton torture will continue.
We must work together to end this cruelty. The adoption
community has been fighting this battle single-handedly for far too
long! Please join with us as we attack the racing industry where it
lives -- in state legislatures. This means stopping the flow of state
subsidies to racetracks, preventing the proliferation of slot machines,
and averting the expansion of simulcasting.
When we increase our presence in the capitals and
courts, in the media and in the mainstream, we will become the political
voice that greyhounds so desperately need.
Please look for our upcoming mailing containing specific
information about the GREY2K USA campaign. A new web resource is
currently under development as well. But there is simply no time to
waste. The greyhounds need us now. You can do five things right away to
promote this important work:
1. Educate yourself further about the greyhound
industry. Check out web sites like www.greyhounds.org or
2. If you don't already, please subscribe to the
Greyhound Network News. You can find them online at
3. Read newspapers and write Letters to the Editor on
greyhound racing. We will be glad to help with fact checking and
4. Distribute information from greyhound advocacy and
greyhound adoption organizations, like the Greyhound Protection League
and the National Greyhound Adoption Program. The Greyhound Protection
League can be contacted at 888-842-4404. The National Greyhound Adoption
Program can be contacted at 215-331-7918. GREY2K USA will make its own
informational brochures available in the near future.
[Editor's Note: For further information on how you can
help, email [email protected] ]
Over one million dogs have been murdered in the
seventy-five year history of greyhound racing. Let's bring an end to
this bloody industry!
Carey Theil & Christine Dorchak
PO Box 442117
Somerville, MA 02144
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