April 18, 2012
Grey2k started out with an idea: to end greyhound racing. It is possible that they started out with the best of intentions, but, their two directors have turned it into a cash cow for themselves: a way to make hundreds of thousands of dollars off the very dogs they say they are trying to protect. Their media savvy is impressive, and their ability to turn a phrase, and to twist any news story to their own advantage is quite extraordinary. Their support of greyhound adoption groups has been dismal. During their successful efforts to close the tracks in Massachusetts for instance, they promised to help adoption groups place dogs when the tracks closed. They said that they had lists of hundreds of adopters and organizations prepared to help. What happened when the tracks did close? Grey2k was nowhere to be found. Recently I read a blog post from Carey Thiel, one of the directors. He was bragging that his organizations has since 2009 made financial contributions to 50 adoption organizations. Nowhere in his blog did he say how much: for all we know it could be $1 each. Neither did he explain why there were no contributions in the eight previous years of Grey2k's existence, though with $300,000 to $500,000 per year in donations, you'd think that they could find a few dollars to actually "protect greyhounds". We find Grey2k tactics and honesty questionable at the very least.
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