Travel Alberta is a marketing organization for the province of Alberta, Canada, whose objective is to attract tourists to the region. Its Web site promotes the Calida Greyhound Racetrack as a place to come unwind [for] a unique evening of good family fun.
Greyhounds suffer tremendously in this industry. Dogs who qualify to become racers typically live their entire lives in outdoor cages and are kept muzzled by their trainers at all times. These gentle dogs are extremely sensitive to temperature because of their low body fat and thin coats, and Alberta winters are extremely cold.
Thousands of greyhounds are killed each year as the declining dog-racing industry struggles to stay alive. Some puppies are killed in the name of "selective breeding" before they ever touch a racetrack. Dogs who do qualify to become racers, at around 14 to 17 months of age, typically live in cages and are kept muzzled by their trainers at all times. Many exhibit crate and muzzle sores and suffer from infestations of internal and external parasites. Although they are extremely sensitive to temperature because of their low body fat and thin coats, greyhounds are forced to race in extreme conditions ranging from subzero temperatures to sweltering heat of over 100 degrees.
Please contact Travel Alberta officials, telling them that youll take your winter vacations elsewhere until they discontinue promoting this cruel industry:
P.O. Box 2500
T5J 2Z4 Canada
(60 cents postage from U.S.)
1-800-ALBERTA (252-3782) (North America)
780-427-4321 (outside North America)