Monday, September 8, 2008

Yes On 3 Campaign To Stop The Cruel And Inhumane Dog Racing

Yes on 3 Campaign Releases Footage of Violent, Fatal Dog Race Collisions

Dog Track's Own Photographs and Video Document Confinement, Injuries

RAYNHAM, Mass., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Committee to
Protect Dogs announced today that it has documented hundreds of violent and
sometimes fatal dog race collisions that took place at Massachusetts
racetracks over the past year. Video footage has been posted online at, and includes the final race for Starz Voice, a two-year-old white and red greyhound who died at Raynham Park on June 25, 2007.

"The 'Yes on 3' campaign is based on thoroughly documented injuries
that continue to occur at local racetracks," said MSPCA-Angell President
Carter Luke. "This new footage adds to the tracks' injury reports and
photographs of confinement, allowing voters to witness the intensity of
collisions that end the lives of racing dogs as well as mangle and break
their bones. We want voters to know exactly what they are voting for and we
are confident they will agree that dog racing is cruel and inhumane and
vote Yes on 3."

According to state records, more than 800 greyhounds have been injured
while racing in Massachusetts since 2002. Nearly 80 percent of injuries
involved broken legs, and other injuries include paralysis, cardiac arrest
and head trauma.

To learn more about these injuries and fatalities, the Committee to
Protect Dogs recorded and watched every Massachusetts greyhound race for an
entire year, beginning in May 2007. During that time, the Committee
documented more than three hundred violent and sometimes fatal collisions.

"This footage puts an end to the discussion on whether greyhounds
suffer on the track," said Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of The Humane
Society of the United States. "They do suffer, and they do so for a dying
industry that has no place in the new economy of Massachusetts."

The Committee to Protect Dogs is a state ballot question committee
dedicated to passing stronger dog protection laws in the Commonwealth.

Committee co-chairs include representatives of the MSPCA-Angell
The Humane Society of the United States
greyhound protection group GREY2K USA
For more information, call Brian Adams at 617-541-5120
or visit

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