The Greyhounds decision is a great example of decision making gone wrong. Perhaps the decision was right but the process and the communications let everyone down. Perhaps the wrong decision was made?
It is people that have been let down. People that are suffering. First of all we must do something about the appalling cruelty to animals and the lack of respect for beasts who provide pleasure and entertainment for many people. A true blight on the industry.
To fix this problem by moving the suffering from animals to humans seems odd at best. Especially since it seems the process of change will involve further suffering for many of the animals involved.
There is a better way to do these things and that is by involving all those affected in the decision making process and it determining how to manage change. Sometimes hard decisions have to be made, viagra sale that is why we have governments, but a good government will alleviate the negative outcomes of decisions by involving all concerned.
In this case the questions have to be asked: can the industry clean itself up? Who will be affected by the decision? What will be the consequences for those affected? What is the best way forward?
The answers to some of these questions are obvious and some not so. First of all can the industry rectify the problem? I would say yes. They need to prove that not just to the government but to the general population. They are able to do that with resources and assistance; and an independent observer.
Those who will be affected include the trainers and the owners (particularly the good ones) but it also includes the specialists such as: veterinarians, veterinary nurses, stewards, kennel staff, catchers, lure drivers, track maintenance staff and administrators. Amateur owners will also be affected. The families of these people will be affected. The communities where there is a thriving greyhound industry will be affected. Reports show this is around 10k to 15k jobs plus their families.
Poor management of the process will cause some people to lose their business, their houses, their relationships. This will cause health problems and indeed mental health problems. All this will happen unless we communicate and manage the process openly and compassionately, with compassion for both the animals and the people.
This is controversial, disturbing for most people and politically dangerous. So do it properly.
Form a public forum. Highlight the problem. Highlight the potential solutions. Present the repercussions of either banning the sport or fixing the problem. Develop responses to those problems. Present to the industry and the public. Make the decision after full consultation.
Communicate, engage, involve, communicate.