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The Greyhound: Its History, Points, Breeding, Rearing, Training, and Running
On November 4th, 2008, the residents of the commonwealth of Massachusetts voted to ban dog racing, effective January 1, 2010. Over the past year, arguments were made on both sides of the question, and the debate on the question became quite intense in the months and weeks leading up to Election Day. Broadly speaking, this issue has embroiled other states in the past few years as animal rights organizations have continued to speak out against dog racing in other states. During the debates and now that the ban has passed, many people have wondered what will become both of the dogs and the people employed at the racetracks. Recently, the Boston Globe reported that various greyhound rescue groups are having trouble placing greyhounds with families and others who might be interested in taking in one of these animals. Many greyhound placement organizations already have too many dogs, and some organizations continue to receive race dogs from as far away as Ireland. But the dogs aren't the only ones feeling the effects of the ban, as people employed by the greyhound racing industry in Massachusetts stand to lose their jobs as well. Many employees are openly appealing to Governor Deval Patrick to push back the closing date of the racetracks. Commenting on the situation, dog trainer Mike Curran voiced his objection to the ban by remarking, "The only abuse I can see is 1000 people out of work."
The first link will take visitors to a piece from this Sunday's Boston Globe about the problems faced by greyhound adoption agencies. The second link leads to an article from the Raynham (MA) Call that talks about the situation faced by racetrack employees as the state prepares to cease greyhound racing in 2010. Moving on, the third link leads to the Adopt-A-Greyhound organization's website. Here visitors can learn about the greyhound adoption agencies in their environs, view a greyhound gallery, and donate to their cause. Visitors who might have a greyhound (or who might be planning to get one) will appreciate the fourth link, as it contains some very helpful advice on the care and maintenance of these rather regal creatures. The fifth link leads to the very useful website for the Greyhound Club of America. Here visitors can learn about upcoming greyhound shows, healthcare, and also check out some additional web-based resources. Finally, the last link will lead visitors to an important 19th century text on the life and times of greyhounds titled "The Greyhound: Its History, Points, Breeding, Rearing, Training, and Running".