Sad Note: We started the show with Ryan’s paean to Lori (lolorb) Bonatakis, a prolific and insightful progressive blogger and online commenter. She was fit and fiery just a short time ago at our recent BlogLeft gathering, but she’s suddenly gone. Coincidentally, Lori was quite the animal lover and protector. She would have added to today’s podcast.
Our guest was Christine Dorchak . She is co-chair of the Committee to Protect Dogs (Massachusetts) and president of Grey2KUSA (nationwide). She is in the end game of campaign to prohibit dog racing in Massachusetts. The ballot question is on the November ballot.
On the show, she was almost entirely figures and provable statements. She noted that this was in contrast to track owners’ frequent criticisms that those who oppose dog racing are emotional sorts. In fact until 2001, no one had to keep any records of how many dogs were injured and sickened by racing and being caged as part of the track process.
Her organizations are rife with data and reports on broken legs, on- and off-track euthanasia, and racing/feeding/caging illnesses. She urged listeners to check the sites and call the main number [617-666-3526] with questions or to hear why to vote to stop dog tracks.
Since her group lost their first (pre-data) attempt to ban racing eight years ago, Dorchak says they’ve been bringing legislators as well as voters around in droves. The latest petition had over 45,000 voters; she said they were waiting in lines in Brookline when she was gathering signatures.
Listen in to hear what goes on at the track, during and between races. Find out what’s inhumane and unacceptable about this troubled and troubling industry.
I grew up around farms where dogs as well as humans had to work for a living. Dogs either helped with animals, protected against predators or hunted. Greyhound racing is nothing like that. It is neither sport nor a job for a dog. As Dorchak notes, these dogs are commodities, business tools that are profitable for a short, abused life and then discarded.
She’s not in the mood to wait until the foundering tracks go out of business on their own.
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