My blog is not only a guilt-free zone, but also a disturbing animal picture-free zone. Abuse depictions get me upset in a debilitating way rather than moving me to take action. Which doesn’t help any dogs. Or me.
I try to focus on the happy results of rescue rather than on the conditions that may have preceded them. Therefore, all the pictures of greyhounds I’ve previously posted have celebrated the dogs’ post-racing life — for example, this birthday party.
But I’m breaking my rule to share an expose of the conditions at Tucson Greyhound Park that was on TV the other night because of the light it sheds on the pathology of the track’s prime defender.
There are many statements that track CEO Tom Taylor made that boggle the mind — for example that the dogs don’t like to be outside. Well, it could be that if they’ve got nothing but bare concrete to walk on and it’s 100 degrees and there’s no shade they might want to go back in (a sad possibility, given the glimpses the video gives us of the fenced-in area). Lounging on grass under some trees? I think they’d be perfectly happy.
But it was the comparison of greyhounds that are kept cooped up in the dark and muzzled with the Taj Mahal (too much prayer) and the Mona Lisa (kinda small and green, perhaps) that really got to me. All in the eye of the beholder, right?
That is one weird, delusional creep. (Just so you know, Tom, the Taj Mahal is a palace, not a mosque.)
On the bright side, I enjoyed seeing the articulate spokeswoman for Grey2K USA, and watching the local reporter ask questions like, “Would you want your dogs to be treated this way?”
If you’re the rouse-to-action type and want to see the full stealth tape, you can watch it at the Grey2K USA site that I linked to, above.
Just don’t blame me if it gets you really depressed.