Saturday, 5 April 2008

Greyhoundgate

Ludicrous. Frankly ridiculous. And no, I'm not referring to Emma Milnes' article in Dogs Today magazine, but the utterly idiotic reaction that it's caused.

I'm no great fan of Emma Milne, and I certainly don't condone her comments in the article, but the online reaction has been the most embarrassing display of opportunistic, unpleasant, and in many cases, downright vicious drivel I've seen in some time.

Emma Milne was stupid to file such a controversial piece, and betrayed the trust of Beverley and her team by doing so. Beverley, but her own repeated admissions, should have checked the copy before it went to print. But, the crap that's been written since has been ridiculous -veiled threats, blatant requests for financial 'recompense', demands for sackings, apologies, and a whole magazine full of greyhound worship. We all love dogs, or we wouldn't be reading this stuff. Greyhounds and lurchers are wonderful, and Dogs Today have supported them for a long time. Nobody who is a suitable owner for a rescue greyhound will now opt for a labrador purely on the basis of Milnes' article.

So - get over it. Continue doing the amazing work you do, and fundraising via the usual means - rather than trying to extort money and coverage from a magazine and editorial team that does their very best for the canine population year after year. If anyone can prove to me via audited figures that in twelve months time the numbers of dumped greyhounds have increased over and above the usual yearly incremental increase, or the numbers adopted have reduced on a similar basis, I'll donate £100 to EGLR. But, on the other hand, I'll probably make a donation anyway....

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Couldn't agree more Graham. Well said!

Aoj & The Lurchers said...

Graham, I both agree and disagree with you.

The tone of many of the messages is appalling and many of the people posting are doing the greyhound rescue world no favours at all. Beverley apologised and admitted she cocked up and repeated calls for her to continue to do so are getting preposterous.

Demands for money are downright stupid and ridiculous and wanting to take it into the mainstream press are just ludicrous.

But it will have an effect, it may not be as big as some people are anticipating but there will be a knock-on effect. Many people reading the article will take on board what Emma has written, she is a "celebrity" , and there are people who will take what they read in the press seriously. It may well stop people who were thinking about homing a greyhound from doing so. Any potential home lost is one too many.

Lesley Rigby said...

Great! There is nothing worse than a "Witch Hunt" and the type of people who incite them........

Joker The Lurcher said...

i agree with what you say graham. regardless of which side of an argument we are on it is important to avoid it getting personal. it devalues the merits of what we say and is likely to lose support. at the end of the day people who are put off a particular breed because of one article are not going to make good, responsible homes for any dog.