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The man who killed 10,000 dogs

Old 07-16-06, 11:24 AM
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The man who killed 10,000 dogs

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/newspap...272175,00.html

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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This really isn't news, you know. Abuses in dog racing have been going on for years. This guy is more humane than most.

I bet that's one fertile field now!
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I bet that's one fertile field now!
Yeah, I bet everything grows really fast.
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Nice try, but if he is going to catch me, he needs commitment to the cause.
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But I bet he isn't a Dog Whisperer.
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Yeah, I bet everything grows really fast.
Well, not as fast as it used too.
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Nice try, but if he is going to catch me, he needs commitment to the cause.
Are you just disappointed that he was charging them to do it?
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I don't understand why this is a scandal. The London city pound must kill thousands of dogs a year because no one wants them. This guy seems to have an equally humane operation. Why isn't the RSPCA protesting the pound?

The funny part is that the greyhound racing industry is "shocked." They must have thought the retired dogs must have been sent to big farms out of town where they get lots of love and chase rabbits all day long.
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According to a source at the Greyhound Racing Industry, the fate of their retired greyhounds seemed both mysterious and relaxing...

"We just thought they all were sent to Rainbow Bridge. At least, that's what we were told. It sounds like a nice place."
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According to a source at the Greyhound Racing Industry, the fate of their retired greyhounds seemed both mysterious and relaxing...

"We just thought they all were sent to Rainbow Bridge. At least, that's what we were told. It sounds like a nice place."
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...has shocked the government and greyhound industry, which attracts bets of £2.5 billion a year

Yeah, I'm sure they are really surprised. Uhuh. You betcha.
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"I said turn the camera OFF! Now... where do you want them, David?"
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He should have just shipped them to Korea...
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Originally Posted by Nick Danger
The funny part is that the greyhound racing industry is "shocked." They must have thought the retired dogs must have been sent to big farms out of town where they get lots of love and chase rabbits all day long.
You know, what's funny is that there really are big farms like that! I know because, when I was seven, my parents told me that my dog Max had to go away and live out... in the... country...

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That's the subject matter of a heartbreaking movie I saw recently:


It's a British movie, and certainly not Disneyized by any stretch of the imagination. And while the movie ends sadly, it does bring to light a lot of stuff like this.
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That's the subject matter of a heartbreaking movie I saw recently:


It's a British movie, and certainly not Disneyized by any stretch of the imagination. And while the movie ends sadly, it does bring to light a lot of stuff like this.
That is some awful cover art. Scully doesn't look too bad. But what is that Gollum like creature? Boy or girl? Freakin' A that's nasty...
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That's a lot of dogs
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Originally Posted by Anubis2005X
That is some awful cover art. Scully doesn't look too bad. But what is that Gollum like creature? Boy or girl? Freakin' A that's nasty...
Bad cover, yes, but good movie. It's a sad movie, and not one I see myself watching again, but don't judge it by the cover.

And I think the cover is actually based on the original theatrical posters.
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