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.

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