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A Bright New Year for Greyhounds in Massachusetts!

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Posted December 31, 2009 by Ryan Huling

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2010 will be a winning year for greyhounds in Massachusetts.

You see, thanks to voters passing a dog racing ban in the state, forcing dogs to participate in these cruel and pointless events will be illegal, starting, rather appropriately, on New Year’s Day.

It’s been a long time coming for these animals—greyhounds’ natural speed and grace have been exploited for human benefit since the days of the ancient Egyptians. Thousands of greyhounds are killed each year as the declining dog-racing industry struggles to stay alive. Some puppies are killed in the name of “selective breeding” before they ever touch a racetrack. Dogs who do qualify to become racers typically live in cages and are kept muzzled by their trainers at all times.

Thankfully, now is the time to create new traditions—ones that don’t involve the needless suffering of animals for human amusement. Hopefully this will be one “tradition” that remains in the past forever.

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  • 2004 days ago

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    This is a great step forward…My greyhound will be happy =)

  • 2004 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    That is another fantastic victory

  • 2007 days ago

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    Awah,
    First off, this is a big deal. It’s so amazing that it is finally banned.
    And Second off, I must say that,
    Well, the dog in the picture is amazingly adorable!

  • 2008 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    And by adopt I mean rescue one that was going to be killed.

  • 2008 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Woot! Go Massachusetts! 😛
    Also, freakin adorable greyhound! I really want to adopt one. They’re so sweet!

  • 2009 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Thats great! I hope something like that ends up on the ballot in Michigan.

  • 2009 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    wowo im soo happy this ban was finalised now they dont have to suffer for our stupidity :)

  • 2009 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I remember hearing about this on the local news during election season. I was thrilled when heard the ban was being put into effect.

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