Target: Ray Borda, Managing Director, Macro Meats Gourmet Game
Goal: Applaud removal of millions of dollars in sponsorship money from commercial greyhound racing industry.
One of the biggest sponsors of Australia’s greyhound racing industry has withdrawn its support only days after the release of a documentary exposing the widespread use of cruel and illegal live-baiting techniques. The report aired secret footage taken from a live-baiting practice track, where some of the industry’s biggest names were seen paying to use live piglets, possums, and rabbits on a racing lure. While artificial lures are used on public racetracks, some trainers use live bait during practices as they believe it improves racing performance.
Live baiting is not the only cruel practice rampant in the greyhound racing industry. Most racing dogs are kept in crates for up to 20 hours a day at commercial racetracks, which often skimp on heating and cooling costs. Thousands of dogs are injured each year during racing or practice, and about 20,000 dogs are euthanized annually. Injuries can range from sprained ankles or broken toes and legs to serious spinal cord injuries and even cardiac arrest. When a racing dog is no longer profitable, it can be sent to a shelter or breeding facility or simply put to death.
Macro Meats Gourmet Game, South Australia’s biggest greyhound racing sponsor, recently announced that it will be withdrawing all support from the industry. Managing director Ray Borda, who owns greyhounds and horses, said that he was sickened by the revelations. Without this support, the already-struggling racing industry will lose millions of dollars in funding. Sign the petition below to applaud Macro Meats Gourmet Game for standing up for the welfare of racing greyhounds.
Dear Mr. Ray Borda,
Macro Meats Gourmet Game has announced that it will be withdrawing support from the greyhound racing industry after shocking revelations of the illegal use of live bait. Several well-known dog trainers were recorded using live piglets, rabbits, and possums, which they believe gives the dog a speed advantage during practice sessions. The racing industry is guilty of other cruel practices, including high rates of euthanasia and forcing animals to race until they are severely injured.
Macro Meats Gourmet Game, which was one of the industry’s biggest sponsors, withdrew its support on the basis of animal welfare. In a statement, the company called live baiting sickening and appalling. We, the undersigned, praise you for demanding a high standard of animal welfare by withdrawing support from the cruel racing industry.
[Your Name Here]
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