Animal groups ‘vehemently oppose’ greyhound racing

2009-02-15 00:00

The Kennel Union of Southern Africa yesterday released a statement in which it made its stance on the introduction of Greyhound racing in the country clear.

“We believe that it will involve cruelty to the dogs concerned, which is difficult to police as most of it is committed out of sight. Further problems concern the use of drugs and live lures for training, and an important objection pertains to puppies who do not make the grade and top-rate dogs at the end of their careers, as to what happens to them.” The statement added that South Africa does not have the capacity to cater for those excess dogs.

“We query the statement that it will create 35 000 jobs countrywide, which does not seem to add up to the overseas situation where the industry seems to be struggling to survive.”

The Trade and Industry Department is currently conducting the second round of public consultations on the legislation pertaining to greyhound racing in SA. The racing was previously banned in South Africa as gambling was regarded as immoral at that time.

While animal rights and welfare groups are vehemently opposing the legalisation of greyhound racing, others have supported it.

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty against Animals says the legalisation and introduction of dog racing will result in the suffering, unspeakable living conditions and often untimely and brutal death of thousands of greyhounds.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.