Have a Heart for Dogs? You Don’t Want to Miss These Four Simple Things You Can Do to Help End Greyhound Racing Today!
Do you have a heart for dogs? Does it pain you to see them racing and abused through dog fighting? Do you want to find a way to stop greyhound racing? If you answered “yes” to these questions, then read on the following tips to stop greyhound racing in 2017.
Remember that, like any cause that is worthy to take on, it takes time to gain ground. Justice is a journey in life — and this is even more true with a contentious, legal issue like dog racing. This quick guide will give you the information and inspiration you need to get started and to reach your advocacy goals in the new year. Let’s get started with your new campaign to end animal racing cruelty:
Tip #1: Adopt a Greyhound
Each year, hundreds of greyhound dogs are retired from racing — almost discarded because their legs and knees can no longer keep up with the rigor and strain of daily racing. You can speak out against dog racing by adopting a greyhound from a local rescue group. This act serves two purposes.
- First, you are making a statement when you adopt a rescue and now have the responsibility of sharing the story of your dog. Wherever you go, from the dog park to the local family gathering, you get to tell your friends and family what your greyhound went through and why, as a result, dog racing is cruel.
- On a second level, you demonstrate to people that dogs are meant to be pets and not entertainment. They’ll begin to recognize that as they interact with the dog — witness how it has been injured or is recuperating — and see the dog in its most natural state of being.
Tip #2: Write a Letter
Write a letter of protest to a wide variety of outlets. Draft a convincing letter you can easily tweak for several different recipients. Bolster your argument by comparing your state to states that have already banned racing. Address the letter to your legislators representing your city, county, and state.
To increase awareness and attention, post your letter on social media and ask friends and followers to share your post if they agree. Also, you can draft an email that you send out to family and friends who are close to you sometime around a special occasion in your life, such as a birthday. For your birthday, instead of a gift, ask your loved ones to give you the “gift” of contributing to a trusted rescue organization for greyhounds or an advocacy group fighting to end racing in your city or state.
Finally, use your letters as a basis for an op/ed submission in a local newspaper to reach a bigger audience. Think of this as an opportunity to educate people who may not know much about the dog racing industry.
Tip #3: Volunteer and Learn to Be an Advocate
One of the best ways you can build up your arguments and become a persuasive advocate for greyhounds is to become an insider. You’ve got to learn the language and to understand what is happening behind the scenes. You need to be able to communicate the challenges and realities of dog racing to people who may be unaware. Nonetheless, avoid sensationalizing your message or the readers will think you’re misleading them.
It is imperative to support your arguments with facts and stories of real-life dogs that were harmed in the process of racing. An emotional, genuine, and fact-based story isn’t only moving, but also encourages readers to take action.
How do you become a convincing advocate? First of all, you must truly care about animals and the environment. Volunteer at a local advocacy organization or a local rescue group to broaden your knowledge and experience. These places provide you an opportunity to mingle and work with experts and model volunteers who genuinely care about the future livelihood of dogs. Listen to their experience and personal advocacies, and use the information as inspiration in creating a strong campaign.
Tip #4: Set a Personal Challenge and Publicize
This is an effective strategy for people who advocate putting an end to dog racing but have loved ones who go to the track, whether regularly or occasionally. At the beginning of the year, tell your friends and loved ones that every time they watch live dog racing, you will donate a certain amount of money in their name to a local or national advocacy organization.
They may laugh at first, but once they start receiving letters and calls from the advocacy organization they may begin to feel convicted as they start to understand the complexities of the dog racing industry.
At the very least, your loved ones may get annoyed with you for trying to discourage them from supporting dog racing. At the very best, they’ll re-think their entertainment choices and maybe even consider adopting a rescue dog themselves.
It’s a risk — but one worth taking if it sparks a meaningful conversation about the dangers and pitfalls of the dog racing industry.
Ready to Do What You Can Do to End Greyhound Racing?
A dog racing-free city or state may sound too good to be true. But it’s possible with concerted efforts. Start with you by taking some simple steps mentioned above. With the current technology, it’s not very difficult anymore to disseminate information geared at protecting animals and the environment.