Since the tragic documentary ‘Blackfish’ was released, SeaWorld has become one of the most hated companies in America. Americans, and many people around the globe, have been outraged at SeaWorld’s treatment of Orca whales. The whales are confined in cramped pools and are underfed.
To illustrate how atrocious the conditions are, to match the equivalent distance an Orca would travel in the wild, a whale at SeaWorld would have to swim around the perimeter of the main pool more than 1,400 times every day.
SeaWorld’s Orcas are highly stressed – but “if you were in a bathtub for 25 years, don’t you think you’d get a little psychotic?”
SeaWorld refutes accusations that they mistreat their Orcas, and even claim that their whales live longer than those roaming the oceans! I think we are entitled to be skeptical about this claim. No Orca at SeaWorld has lived longer than 35 years – compare this with a female Orca named Granny who lives in the wild and is known to be 103 years old! Good try SeaWorld, but no-one’s falling for your lies.
Watch this ‘truth about Orca whales at SeaWorld’ video that will make your blood boil.
Lawsuits against Seaworld – Drugging Orca Whales & collapsed dorsal fins.
Greyhound adoption programs (GAP) have been set up across Australia. They are not-for-profit organisations that have been established to find homes for retired race greyhounds or greyhounds that are no longer wanted.
Hugo the horse dog
GAP Victoria gives you the option either to adopt a greyhound to give it a home for life, or to foster a greyhound for three weeks. Although many greyhounds can be adopted straight from the kennel, others benefit from a period of time in foster care prior to being adopted so they can adjust to life in a domestic environment. Fostering can also operate as a trial period for people who may be interested in – but are not certain about – adopting a greyhound. Fostering is an ideal way for prospective adoptees to get to know the breed before making a final decision to adopt. Greyhounds are becoming a popular choice for Australians as they come to understand just how placid and friendly this breed of dogs is.
Hugo the horse dog
They don’t require much exercise – only a daily 15 minute walk– and they generally sleep for around 20 hours a day. Greyhounds rarely bark and require little grooming. And contrary to what many people think, greyhounds don’t need to wear a muzzle in public if they have been adopted through the GAP program and are wearing a special green GAP collar. Greyhounds are easygoing, docile and perfect for apartments. You couldn’t ask for a better pet. for more information on the Victorian GAP, visit http://gap.grv.org.au
For many Australians, greyhound racing is synonymous with animal cruelty. After recent publicity about live baiting, Australians are in uproar about the practices of the greyhound racing industry. But the problems with the industry go much deeper than live baiting. Race fixing, doping and corruption – the list goes on. Yet nothing is being done to fix these problems that go hand in hand with the ‘sport.’ In America, 38 states have banned greyhound racing and the same goes for South Africa and Italy. So why is it still legal in Australia?
The illegal activities that go on in the greyhound racing industry is more than just a case of a few bad apples. Illegal drug use has exploded in the industry, yet drug swabs take months to be released and have no tracking on their whereabouts – sometimes they simply disappear altogether. Races are fixed by planting dogs that will race badly – these dogs often race once and are then never seen again on the track. Bikie gangs breed and sell greyhounds for racing and launder money through the track; while crime figures sell hard-to-detect steroids to trainers. Not only do the animals suffer, but so do the honest trainers and owners – the ones who work hard and follow the rules, only to find the odds stacked against them by the corruption occurring on the tracks.
Is greyhound racing a sport? Don’t bet on it! It involves cruelty, doping and corruption. Say no to greyhound racing.
There are many negatives associated with greyhound racing. An estimated 600 greyhounds are injured in races each month; while the practice of live baiting that is used to train potential racers is abhorrent. Then there’s the fact that many greyhounds are left unwanted due to overbreeding, retirement or because they don’t have the speed needed to race successfully.
Thousands of greyhounds are born every year in Australia, yet statistics show that up to 40% of these dogs never receive a registered racing name, meaning they never race. Of those dogs that do make it to the racetrack, their ‘career’ is short-lived. They begin racing at around one and a half years of age and retire between the ages of four and six. It’s even worse for dogs that are not fast enough to have a successful ‘career’. Each dog is given only three races to show its ability – those that don’t make it end up on the scrapheap. Overbreeding, retirement and lack of talent leave thousands of greyhounds without a home. Around 1000 dogs find a home through greyhound adoption programs known as GAP. The rest are often dumped, sold for research or euthanised – on average, 9000 adult greyhounds are euthanised each year. Many of these dogs are perfectly healthy – they just have nowhere to go. Sadly, the life of the average greyhound is not a happy one.
For information on the Victorian GAP program, visit http://gap.grv.org.au
Everyone knows the saying that “dogs are man’s best friend”, but it should be changed to “greyhounds are man’s best friend”. The breed has been around for so long that it is mentioned in the earliest of ancient texts, including the Bible. In fact, greyhounds are the only breed of dog mentioned in the Old Testament. The breed dates back 4,000 years to the heyday of the kingdoms of Egypt, Greece and Persia. Greyhounds were so respected and admired that they were mummified in ancient Egyptian tombs – preserved as companions for their owners in the afterlife.
In Homer’s epic, ‘The Odyssey’, the only one that recognises Odysseus is his trusted greyhound and ‘bestie’, Argus. The saying – having “Argus eyes” – has become a byword to describe someone with a keen sense of sight. In the Middle Ages, nobles became so obsessed with greyhounds that it became a capital offense to kill them. In many cases, human life was valued less than the life of a greyhound. It didn’t take long for commoners to be forbidden to own a greyhound and it was only the nobles who had permission from the King to own and breed them.
Jack the Grey
After the Middle Ages, greyhounds continued to have a high status. We can see them present in many portraits commissioned by the wealthy and notable clients of famous painters.
These days greyhounds are used and abused in the name of ‘sport’. Unlike the past, today the life of a greyhound matters little at all.