Saturday, January 28, 2006

Greyhounds & Drugs

Sports Minister John O’Donoghue tonight demanded an urgent report from Bord na gCon into the sacking of its chief executive amid a row over the doping of greyhounds.

Aidan Tynan was dismissed following a bitter dispute with the chairman of the body, Paschal Taggart, over whether drugs offences should be publicised. The banned substance erythropoietin EPO is better known for doping scandals involving cyclists in the Tour de France. An effective but dangerous stimulant EPO enhances the body’s ability to produce red blood cells.

Another reason I hate professional greyhound racing. These dogs are not pets but commodities. That’s not good for any dog. Have you EVER seen a greyhound puppy? Ask yourself why sometime…. it is because the pups that don’t show racing potential are put down and the rest are raced for money, and then discarded when their careers are over. No dog deserves that.

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