*Originally published on the website, All About Greyhounds, prior to the 2012 Super Bowl. Reprinted here with the permission of the author & All About Greyhounds.*
Carey Theil, a high priest in the national Greyhound Temperance>Extinction Movement, and a major player in what is known as Grey2K (a political action/lobbying group heretofore to be known as “Carey Nation”) has gone nuclear on his blog. Not only has he attacked the National Greyhound Association and accused them of perhaps fudging the yearly adoption estimates, but, I am told, he has cast that same pointy, fickle finger of condemnation at the former national Vice President of Greyhound Pets of America (GPA), the largest adoption organization in the country, Mr. John Parker.
Now, as a long time student, observer and handler of racing greyhounds, I find this remarkable. Particularly so, because not only is Mr. Parker a veteran adoption volunteer and an authority on the adoption of retired racing greyhounds—something Carey Nation takes virtually no part in, contributing little if any time or financial resources to it—-but John Parker is also an authority on the Greyhound breed, equally adept at discussing either the NGA racing breed, or the AKC non-racing breed. Carey Nation casting aspersions at John Parker’s greyhound creds, is a little like a gaggle of Steve Urkels calling out Dr. Dre for not being “gangsta” enough.
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No matter, Carey Nation is now trumpeting from the rooftops, all about the virtues of greyhound adoption, and how woefully inept the NGA and the 300 assorted racing greyhound adoption groups in the USA have been at keeping the records of how many greyhounds are actually adopted each year. Carey Nation usually avoids the subject of adoption the way turn-of-the century New Yorkers avoided Typhoid Mary. Strange, because adoption or actual greyhound welfare is what they would seem to prefer the donating public believe they are engaged in, rather than the tawdry political intrigues that lobbying for the Prohibition of greyhound racing might present, like that messy, little West Virginia dust-up—or the nasty, yucky work of smearing, disenfranchising and/or destroying the livlihoods of an entire class of racing professionals.
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Since not all adoption groups are inclined to fill out and turn in their paperwork, the NGA cannot infallibly quantify the actual number of yearly adoptees, but must project that number from the roughly one-third of adoption groups who do return their dog’s paperwork to them. It’s an inexact science. But what’re you gonna do? Now I have no idea why Carey Nation has their whimmies in such a froth over greyhound adoption, anyway, since they contribute little, if anything toward it, and frankly, never have seemed to me to be much interested in it. Furthermore, this alleged fudging of the numbers fits the Carey Nation narrative to a T. That would be, if you’ve been following the production all along, is that not only are all greyhound professionals abusers, exploiters and evil-doers to racing greyhounds—-but now, in light of this stunning new revelation, they could very likely be members of local greyhound death cults!
Meanwhile, I decided for my penance, that I would have a look at what former greyhound-suffragette and board member of Carey Nation, Jen Krebs, might be saying about all this hubbub on her blog. Nothing.
But I did read a very interesting, recent (Sept,2011) article about blood pressure in greyhounds, and learned something for my trouble. I felt cleansed.
Interestingly enough, contained in Ms. Krebs’ report on greyhound blood pressure (which entirely sources OSU and respected greyhound veterinarian/researcher Dr. Cuoto) is this unsourced little tibit, which I assume is attributable to Ms. Krebs herself, former Carey Nation board member.
Most of the estimated 200,000 pet greyhounds in the United States are former racers that have been adopted at the end of their careers
Well let’s see here now. Jen Krebs estimates that there are 200K pet greyhounds in the US. Since greyhounds are usually adopted after a racing career of some duration, and they generally begin racing in earnest at 18-20 months of age, I think it’s safe to figure that the median age of an adopted greyhound is somewhere between 2 and 3.5 years of age. Since they generally live to an age of 10-11 or 12, sometimes even longer, most of the existing pet population of greyhounds, at the time of the article, would have been born between 1999 and 2008.
Here are the number of greyhounds born in each of the those years. These figures include stillborns.
So now, while I doubt that we have actually learned why Ms. Krebs seems to be no longer officially affiliated with Carey Nation, we have learned that the population estimate she has offered pretty much jives with the NGA’s adoption estimate. But as we know, it’s an inexact science.
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