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 Post subject: REVEALED: The Man Who Killed 10,000 Dogs
PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2006 8:08 am 
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Revealed: the man who killed 10,000 dogs
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THE secret slaughter of at least 10,000 racing greyhounds by one man has been exposed by an undercover investigation.
For the past 15 years David Smith, a builders’ merchant, has been killing healthy greyhounds no longer considered by their trainers to be fast enough to race. He buries them in a one-acre plot at the back of his home in Seaham, Co Durham.



Last week The Sunday Times covertly filmed Smith on two consecutive days receiving greyhounds from trainers before killing them with a bolt gun, dumping them in the plot and covering over the “graves” using a mechanical digger.

He told an undercover reporter it took him three years to fill the field, at which point he simply started all over again. “Within a year the bodies have gone,” said Smith. “It takes me about three years to get across there and by the time I get there I can start back here again and there are only a few bones left.”

According to Sunday Times calculations and testimony of two racing insiders, it is conservatively estimated Smith has killed at least 10,000 dogs.

The scandal, described as the “canine killing fields” by one campaigner, has shocked the government and greyhound industry, which attracts bets of £2.5 billion a year.

Ben Bradshaw, minister for animal welfare, said Smith’s business was “horrendous” and promised an inquiry into the slaughter and potential health and environmental hazard of such a large-scale dumping of dogs’ bodies. Alistair McLean, chief executive of the National Greyhound Racing Club, which governs the sport, described it as a “euthanasia factory” and promised an inquiry. “This is disgraceful. We categorically don’t endorse this kind of thing,” he said.

The RSPCA has previously expressed “grave concerns” about the fate of up to 12,000 retired greyhounds that go missing every year. A spokesman said: “There is no justification for killing these animals simply because they can’t do their job any more.”

Smith charges owners and trainers £10 to kill unwanted dogs, many only a few years old. One trainer, who asked not to be named, said: “This man kills dogs for 40 licensed trainers and there are at least 10,000 dogs in his field. People in the industry have been going to him for years. Many of the bigwigs knew it was going on.”

Since 1997 anyone has been able to own a bolt gun to kill animals without a licence, although they can be prosecuted if the animals are put down inhumanely or without the owner’s permission. A new code of practice proposed under the animal welfare bill would restrict the killing of greyhounds to vets using “humane” lethal injections.

After being confronted this weekend Smith said he would stop killing dogs, which he said he had done in the past for “humane” reasons.


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As horrible as this is, possibly euthanasia would be better than other fates 'racing' animals come to. These are not animals people care about, they are objects just as a car or drinking cup is. When they have lost their value as racing dogs, they have no other value in the eyes of their owners.

Considering so many people in this world place no value on other people, it is not surprising they do not value animals either.

Sickening, but the horrible reality.


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I've heard about poor treatment for greyhounds for years. I would never set foot in a greyhound racing park.

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Neither would I!

I don't like any kind of animal exploitation. There used to be little holes in the wall circuses that would come around to the town in which I used to teach. They'd have an elephant, a few "trained" horses, clowns, etc. I hated those things. The owner would come to school and get the principal to pass out free tickets. The principal usually put them in our individual mailboxes for us to pick up and then pass out to the kids. Not me...I'd just throw them in the trash..at home. When I was asked why my students didn't get their "free tickets," I'd shrug and say, "What free tickets? Maybe someone picked them up and did whatever they wanted with them." I didn't lie, you see...I just "fudged" a bit. :twisted:

I also refused to take part in "donkey ballgames' as school fundraisers.

So, I would never set foot in a racetrack of any kind...car-racing is too noisy and it's a very redneck sport, at least in my neck of the woods.

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The town immediately south of me has a yearly rodeo. Some PETA people held signs one year, saying rodeos are cruel and mistreat animals.

You would think WWIII had started!!!

People wrote letters to the editor, proud they had spat on the protesters. Yes, it is a brave man who crows about spitting on young women who care about animals! Aparently many follow his example.

I have to hand it to the PETA people, they stand their ground no matter how abusive 'the people' are.

The brave rodeo attendants fianlly had the demonstrators arrested.

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Those who exploit animals, abuse them, and otherwise don't respect their rights are sub-humans, in my opinion. Rodeos are just like those circuses I mentioned, too, dori. There are rodeos around here, too, along with "championship wrestling, pronounced 'rasslin' by the fans," and of course the famous WNC Wagon Train. :roll:

These are the same people who are in the Amen Corner at their various churches every Sunday and every other time the church door is open, can quote the bible almost verbatim, beat their children and/or their spouses regularly, and usually vote Republican.

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