Raquel Benson is a Senior Contributor to TDA, a journalism student, humanist, and artist with issues of chronic imagination. She may be brash, but it stems from a deeper concern for the world around her.
Run For Their Lives
Animal Rights – If it’s one thing Australia’s greyhound racing industry is famous for, it might just be their despicable track record when it comes to animal welfare. The trainers of greyhound racing dogs are only fair-weather friends — when the dogs are succeeding and beating expectations, they’re praised. But when they’re not fast enough to win (really meaning “not fast enough to bet on”), these animals are disposed of. This is not to say that some of the dogs aren’t ideally rehomed, but the vast majority of these animals are killed. –All because of a grimy entertainment industry that gets its rocks off by scoring cash at the expense of defenseless animals.
What is worse is the process of export — a nasty market where the dogs are sent to live in repugnant conditions. The export hotspot right now is Macau’s racing stadium, the Canidrome. The greyhounds are sent to live with hundreds of dogs and they’re forced to remain in cages so small they can’t turn around. They’re only released to run for the money.
As of 2010, the Canidrome kills dogs at the revolting rate of more than one dog per day. The majority of these animals are under five years old and seemingly healthy. As Australia continues to supply the dogs, the export market will support the unethical treatment of the animals.