Thanks to everyone who stood up for the greyhounds at Tucson Greyhound Park by joining our Boycott Skechers campaign. Rallies were held nationwide over two weekends, and over 122,000 people signed our online petition asking the company to pull or change its Super Bowl ad filmed at Tucson Greyhound Park. In an attempt to hide its error, the company did respond by removing the words "Tucson Greyhound Park" from the footage and instead used the fictitious name, "Rexford Downs." It also staged the scene by bringing in green shrubbery, flowers and other improvements to make this otherwise dilapidated track look attractive.
Greyhound advocates from all over the country are now mailing back their Skechers shoes, and sending letters from their greyhounds to company spokesdog, Mr. Quiggly. Media outlets including Animal Planet, USA Today and AOL brought lightto the cruelty of dog racing in countless TV,radio and printstories. Here's just one. Len Ziolkowski of Connecticut even sent in his own video, called Super Bowl of the Greyts. Watch it here.
It is not known if the greyhound racing ad will continue to air, but if it does, we ask you to continue Boycotting Skechers.
As Joe Romack of Arizona wrote:
I think Skechers has done all of us a favor by giving us publicity and the chance to educate people about the horrors of greyhound racing.
Now it's time to get back to the business of ending dog racing. With a bigger platform than ever before, we will focus our energies on 2012 bills filed in Arizona, Iowa and Florida. Ending the cruelty of greyhound racing is our top priority, and we hope you will be a part of our team. Dog racing remains in just seven states, and we mean to keep pushing!
The question is not "if" but "when" dog racing will end. Please know how much your support means. It is only with your help that this fight will continue.
For the greyhounds,
Christine A. Dorchak, Esq.