July 31, 2011 3:49:34 am
After the Centre forbid bull racing that was an integral part of rural games in Punjab,two animal welfare non governmental organisations (NGOs) have now urged the Punjab government to ban Greyhound racing in the state. Beauty without cruelty( BWC) and Care for animals and protection of environment( CAPE) India have written to deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal asking him to put an end to the sport in Punjab.
I personally handed over our petition to stop Greyhound racing to the chief minister. It has the support of as many as 42,69,772 people, said Sandeep Jain,Chief co-ordinator of CAPE India.
Sandeep said the sport is on the decline in the West as people have discovered the cruelty behind the event. To make up losses incurred abroad,unfortunately many surplus Greyhounds are being brought into Punjab because people here are fond of such hobbies and they spend lakhs in buying the animals apart from spending huge sums in taking care of them,added Jain.
Moreover,Greyhounds are trained using live lures such as hares,rabbits and kittens. They are kept hungry to motivate them to chase,catch and tear apart small animals. Having had their blood-lust aroused,they willingly run after mechanical rabbits and hares on racetracks. Without this kind of training which attracts the provisions of the Wildlife Acts,we know they will not race. Please do not believe that greyhounds will be trained abroad or that they can be trained without barbaric cruelty to other animals because it is impossible, asserted Dr Jain.
In Punjab,grey hound racing was an important part of the Animal husbandary melas organised by the state government last year. It is also a major attraction in private festivals.
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