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Whippet racing day in Helston for children's charity

By bevcoumbe  |  Posted: August 15, 2013

The dogs racing

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More than 70 whippets from across the county will be racing in a charity day at the West Cornwall Whippet Racing Club at their ground in Helston.

The event, in aid of South West Children's Hospice, is this Sunday on Squires Lane, off the B3302 Helston to Penzance Road, near the former Vauxhall garage, 12-4pm.

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  • emurfitt  |  August 19 2013, 9:59AM

    I'm glad to hear it. Hope the event was successful. :-)

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  • Woolwinder  |  August 19 2013, 9:01AM

    The key difference is that greyhound racing is a cruel industry where dogs are treated as a commodity and huge numbers of surplus dogs are cast aside at the end of their short racing careers. Whippet racing, on the other hand, is completely amateur and the dogs are just people's beloved pets doing something they love, as with agility or flyball. There is no money in it, so people just do it because the dogs enjoy it and it gives an outlet to their natural breed instinct to chase and hunt by sight. The dogs chase a lure, which is often just a bunch of carrier bags or a draught excluder tied to a piece of string - definitely no bunnies involved.I agree with you totally about greyhound racing, but i assure you that you can come and watch the whippets with an easy conscience.

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  • emurfitt  |  August 16 2013, 11:42AM

    The greyhound racing industry involves appalling cruelty. Let's hope none of it is present here. There must be better ways of raising money for good causes without exploiting animals.

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