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Dog racing to remain illegal in SA

2011-08-17 13:59

Johannesburg - Dog racing in South Africa will remain illegal, the National Council of SPCA (NSPCA) said on Wednesday.

"The decision was announced during a briefing in Parliament by the commission who undertook a review of the gambling industry," spokesperson Morgane James said.

The decision was made during the department of trade and industry's gambling review commission in Parliament earlier this week.

Commission chairperson Astrid Ludibn said given the limited demand and the problems associated with dog racing, the commission did not think it should be legalised.

Research done by the NSPCA had proved that dog racing was highly problematic, James said.

It was prone to abuse and produced vast numbers of surplus animals.

"This led to our considered stance, to oppose the reintroduction and legalisation of dog racing," she said.

"The NSPCA has invested a great deal of time, effort and passion into protecting the animals involved with dog racing."

James said anyone who knows of dog racing taking place should report it to the police.

Comments
  • betha - 2011-08-17 14:05

    so then accordingly should horse racing be illegal? its pretty much the same concept actually worse as there is some douche who thing he has all the talent sitting on the horse

      Made_In_SA - 2011-08-17 14:23

      The difference is that dogs have way more puppies than a horse has foals, and not every @ss with two horses breeds them to become race horses due to the bloodlines required, the cost involved in training and so forth, BUT Any w@nker that owns two greyhounds will mate them for racing, of those only one dog of say three litters may be a decent race dog, so what happens to the other 20 pups that aren't good enough to make the track or cant find homes? TRUTH: they don't go to happy homes, they don't be kept back as family pets, they don't get anything... they end up being slaughtered and thrown on dumps by the f@cks that bred them.. You may want to investigate what actually happens to these animals before you make stupid comments.. your ignorance is shining through!

      Goose - 2011-08-17 14:26

      I'm 100% with you. You'd have thought that by the 21st century humans would have evolved to the point where we no longer seek primitive entertainment out of forcing animals into competition with each other.

      Montblanc - 2011-08-17 14:28

      Horse racing is just scared average people, not millionaires, can also make money out of racing, at horse racing's cost. Dog racing is at least more honest with no jockeys to throw a result......

      daaivark - 2011-08-17 14:34

      Montblanc, even the little I understand of your strange English makes no sense. MISA is probably better informed than any of us, so I suggest you read what he has to say, think a bit with the few available braincells you have, and then shut up.

      betha - 2011-08-17 15:13

      @maid in SA- maybe before you post comment you should also do some research no one here is condoning the ill treatment of racing dogs. i can guarantee you that if horse racing were illegal horse that did not make the cut would meet the same doomed fate as dogs that did not make the cut.you would have to be an ignorant fool to think that horse are treated like gold in the industry here is some research for you: http://www.peta.org/issues/Animals-in-Entertainment/the-horseracing-industry-drugs-deception-and-death.aspx http://www.vegansoapbox.com/horse-racing-is-acceptable-abuse/ http://www.animalaid.org.uk/h/n/CAMPAIGNS/horse/ http://chai-online.org/en/compassion/entertainment_racing.htm

      NZdreamer - 2011-08-17 20:23

      What should be illegal is DOGS IN TOWNSHIPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you CANNOT afford to look after yourself and your family - DO NOT get a pet!!!! Heavier laws must be brought in, regarding cruelty to animals!

  • ~daisy_d~ - 2011-08-17 14:14

    never thought about it like that betha - and it sure make sense... all in all, glad that animals are getting some support in the world.

  • Jamba - 2011-08-17 14:14

    What is the difference between horse racing and dog racing? NOTHING. The same that might happen to the dogs happens to the horses. Ever having salami? Enjoy the horse then. The dog racing industry will close the horse racing industry as it will create FAR more jobs. It is well known that the horse racing industry fears the legalizing of dog racing. WHY? Think for yourself.

      Made_In_SA - 2011-08-17 14:28

      Jamba you obviously know f#ckall, do yourself a favour and investigate it google grey hound racing and find out what happens to the dogs when they dont make the grade or get too old!

  • edd - 2011-08-17 14:21

    Yet Pigeon racing is legal, where you stuff 200 birds in a 2x2m cage and shoot en kill every raptor that comes close to these birds when you decide when to let them outside their cage....

  • Made_In_SA - 2011-08-17 14:26

    Come on SPCA show the public what happens to the dogs that don't make the track! I bet once people have seen the photo's of these animals lying ten deep on the dumps after being shot or having their throats slit by the people that bred them, they wont be in such a rush to make stupid comments!

      betha - 2011-08-17 15:15

      http://www.peta.org/issues/Animals-in-Entertainment/the-horseracing-industry-drugs-deception-and-death.aspx

      ~daisy_d~ - 2011-08-17 15:40

      MISA - I'm confused...everyone is entitled to an opinion without being called stupid, ignorant or whatever else your vocab entails. I'm glad that you are for the animals, but seriously? No need to be rude...Educate rather than scream, shout and belittle...

  • Ann - 2011-08-17 14:32

    GOOD!

  • Made_In_SA - 2011-08-17 14:34

    Read this: http://www.peta.org/issues/Animals-in-Entertainment/greyhound-racing-death-in-the-fast-lane.aspx

  • The Dude - 2011-08-17 14:37

    lets start ANC official racing , see how fast those fatties can run against eachother .hmm Malema vs Zuma would be interesting ..

      Laurie - 2011-08-17 14:58

      Now this makes good sense. We'll keep the fit ones (very few) and slaughter the rest. Might even help with our government too!

      edd - 2011-08-17 15:40

      I'll be the one spilling my drink :)

      Albo - 2011-08-17 15:57

      I think `clay ANC shooting` will be more entertaining.

  • allows - 2011-08-17 14:49

    Well done! NO sport, games or gambling should envolve animals!!!

      allows - 2011-08-17 14:52

      involve..... :-)

      Albo - 2011-08-17 15:58

      Ever been fishing?

  • Whippiegirl - 2011-08-17 14:56

    I am involved in Greyhound rescue work in Ireland where dog racing is unfortunately still popular. The suffering and abuse that these gentle dogs have to endure is simply shocking. Good on SA for keeping this outdated and cruel industry illegal!

  • pugwash - 2011-08-17 15:08

    I'm shocked this was even up for debate! My word, like dog fighting isn't enough for the authorities to deal with. Can you just imagine these dogs getting into the hands of illegal breeders. I shudder to think what would become of them. At least with horse racing the animals are owned by those who can afford to breed/stable/train them. With dogs i'm afraid it would be a very different scenario. My thoughts . . .

  • Samantha - 2011-08-17 15:09

    great news, i wish they would curb dog fighting now-

  • Tuttle - 2011-08-17 15:26

    This is poor reporting. No such decision was taken. The Gambling Review Commission recommended that dog racing remain illegal. Parliament still needs to debate the report and take a decision. Incidentally, there is a worldwide trend to outlaw dog racing. Around a dozen states in the US have done this in the past decade or so, whilst the UK and Australia have placed very onerous animal rights restrictions on the breeding and racing industries.

  • Tuttle - 2011-08-17 15:29

    This is poor reporting. No such decision was taking. The Gambling Review Commission recommended that dog racing remain illegal. Parliament still has to debate the GRC report and take a decision. The dog racing industry will have a chance to participate in this debate. Incidentally, there is a growing trend worldwide to ban dog racing. In the last 10 years, around a dozen states in the US have done this, whilst the UK and Australian industries have come under enermous public scrutiny.

  • Tuttle - 2011-08-17 15:29

    This is poor reporting. No such decision was taking. The Gambling Review Commission recommended that dog racing remain illegal. Parliament still has to debate the GRC report and take a decision. The dog racing industry will have a chance to participate in this debate. Incidentally, there is a growing trend worldwide to ban dog racing. In the last 10 years, around a dozen states in the US have done this, whilst the UK and Australian industries have come under enermous public scrutiny.

  • edd - 2011-08-17 15:53

    NO ANIMALS SHOULD BE USED FOR HUMAN ENTERTAINMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Lyndatjie - 2011-08-17 17:42

      I agree 100% Human greed causes untold misery with animals being treated like commodities. Maybe we should start racing children and see if the world would try to even justify this type of abuse in the name of money.

  • christine - 2011-08-17 18:22

    This is wonderful news for all the greyhound advocates that worked worldwide to make sure dog racing was kept out of South Africa! http://saving-greys.blogspot.com/2011/08/victory-for-greyhounds-in-south-africa.html Christine Dorchak, Esq. President www.GREY2KUSA.org

  • CPII - 2011-08-17 18:41

    Aaargghh SPCA, don't worry about something that's not really happening in SA. What are you doing about illegal dog fighting; Pit Bulls in particular? Do tell!

  • Val - 2011-08-17 19:14

    This is a wonderful decision for South Africa. 'Research done by the NSPCA had proved that dog racing was highly problematic. It was prone to abuse and produced vast numbers of surplus animals.'- These statements couldn't be more accurate. Greyhound racing is cruel and inhumane. Greyhounds endure lives of nearly constant confinement, kept in cages barely large enough for them to stand up or turn around. While racing, many dogs suffer and die from injuries including broken legs, paralysis, and cardiac arrest. And many greyhounds are euthanized every year, as the number retired from racing exceeds the number of adoptive homes. At racetracks across the country, greyhounds endure lives of confinement. According to industry statements, greyhounds are generally confined in their cages for approximately 20 hours per day. They live inside warehouse-style kennels in stacked cages that are barely large enough to stand up or turn around. Generally, shredded paper or carpet remnants are used as bedding. An undercover video recently released by GREY2K USA shows the conditions in which these gentle dogs are forced to live: http://www.grey2kusa.org/azVideo.html For more information on injuries these dogs suffer, please view: http://www.grey2kusa.org/azInjuries.html http://www.grey2kusa.org/eNEWS/G2K-022811Email.html Dogs play an important role in our lives and deserve to be protected from industries and individuals that do them harm. Val Wolf Board Member, GREY2K USA

  • Shane - 2011-08-19 22:16

    Indeed, its sad that animal liberation rhetoric has won the short term battle but lost the war so to speak. Essentially, the anti-racing lobby is shortsighted in their thinking that racing incorporates more ills than the present rampant and uncontrolled scenario of organised poaching syndicates where thousands of greyhounds face the bullets of farmers and anti-poaching units daily. In short, "competition poaching" whereby the winning dog (killing the most game species in clandestine "hunts") takes the pool of money entered by participants, is a fast growing "sport"-cum-gambling pastime in SA. In this domain, millions of tax-free betting rands change hands on each weekend - at many poaching contests...what quality of life do greyhounds have in this domain? There lifespan is only rated at about 3 months, while more are perpetually bred to replace these that are shot and suffer horrible deaths. And the NSPCA have the audacity to say that racing (which many poachers were prepared to adapt to) is inhumane!? Wake up and realise that dogs being shot en masse and small buck being torn apart (limb by limb) while still alive is reality!! and this growing reality is the legacy of your support for upholding the ban on dog racing - which like horseracing - could be monitored and controlled. Sis! You have blood on your hands and your narrow minded thinking is causing increasing suffering on a yearly basis...watch this space as the poaching pandemic increases exponentially...

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