ANU goes to the dogs

johnboy 3 August 2009 22

The ANU reporter has an intriguing story on work being done by their Research School of Chemistry and Dr Mal Mcleod on figuring out how to test greyhounds for drugs.

    Yet despite the increasing success of catching sports drug cheats of the human and equine varieties, the same testing methods do not apply to greyhounds. All this rests on the analysis of metabolites – the products of chemical reactions within an organism when it attempts to break down complex molecules and eliminate them from the body.

    The human metabolites of stanozolol do not match the major metabolite obtained when the same drug is administered to greyhounds.

    Drugs metabolise differently in humans to greyhounds. Until now nobody performed the research on dogs to work out why.

    As part of their experiments, McLeod’s team made a number of new compounds. One of these was called 6 alpha-hydroxystanozolol, which was found to match the greyhound metabolite. This discovery has led to numerous positive swabs for stanozolol doping in greyhounds around the country.


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deezagood deezagood 4:26 pm 03 Aug 09

FC said :

A way to solve the problem- Shut down the unethical business of betting on animal races.

I couldn’t agree more FC. We worked with greyhound rescue for many years in Melbourne and you wouldn’t believe some of the atrocities. Some trainers are kind and ethical, but most of these poor dogs have shitty, shitty lives and the majority are killed (unhumanely) at the end of their racing careers – whatever age that may be. I don’t understand why, in this age of technology, we still need to gamble on animals.

Jim Jones Jim Jones 3:12 pm 03 Aug 09

Oooh, monkeys riding dogs, that’s completely awesome.

You know if we could get the monkeys dressed up like gladiators (riding on chariots drawn by poodles of course) they could reenact the Ben Hur chariot race.

chewy14 chewy14 3:04 pm 03 Aug 09

Jim, the solution is already out there:

http://www.freeinfosociety.com/media.php?id=4845

Gobbo Gobbo 3:01 pm 03 Aug 09

Always bet on the dog that does the biggest jobby before the race. I did this for three out of three races and I won each time.

Jim Jones Jim Jones 3:00 pm 03 Aug 09

I refuse to have anything to do with greyhound racing until they get oompah-loompahs to act as jockeys.

neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 2:55 pm 03 Aug 09

I have no problem with animals being used for entertainment or work purposes, as long as they are treated humanely.

I remember reading a book a few years back where a racing greyhound was put on a diet of adrenal glands from sheep. Supposedly turned it into a champion racer.

I wonder if performance enhancing offal is within the remit of the ANU study.

neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 2:49 pm 03 Aug 09

chewy14 said :

Face it, if gambling on these animals didn’t exist neither would the animals.

So you’re saying that if there was no betting we would have no horses or dogs?

chewy14 chewy14 2:42 pm 03 Aug 09

astrojax said :

“in nature”?? like, muzzling, kenneling, training, forcing to participate in ‘man’s nature’, being fed on entirely processed foods and so on is these animals’ natural state?

So you would be happy for them to roaming the streets hunting in packs? Because that would be natural.

Face it, if gambling on these animals didn’t exist neither would the animals.

johnboy johnboy 2:14 pm 03 Aug 09

gambling on animals is much more ethical than anything with people in charge…

FC FC 2:12 pm 03 Aug 09

*sigh* why did I start this..
thankyou astrojax, you anwered #10 for me.

Willo – no I would not prefer you eat them.. That is hardly the only alternative!

willo willo 2:09 pm 03 Aug 09

FC said :

A way to solve the problem- Shut down the unethical business of betting on animal races.

you would prefer that we eat them instead?…..not really that keen on horse or dog steaks….

astrojax astrojax 2:08 pm 03 Aug 09

“in nature”?? like, muzzling, kenneling, training, forcing to participate in ‘man’s nature’, being fed on entirely processed foods and so on is these animals’ natural state?

chewy14 chewy14 2:05 pm 03 Aug 09

FC said :

A way to solve the problem- Shut down the unethical business of betting on animal races.

How is it unethical?
Because dogs and horses don’t run in nature?

FC FC 2:01 pm 03 Aug 09

A way to solve the problem- Shut down the unethical business of betting on animal races.

astrojax astrojax 1:59 pm 03 Aug 09

eating before the race might set them off in a hurry, though..?

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 1:47 pm 03 Aug 09

Only if you eat the sauce at the end of the race.

chewy14 chewy14 1:39 pm 03 Aug 09

I thought a bit of chilli sauce on the dog’s bum was the standard way to get them to run fast without using drugs.

deezagood deezagood 1:34 pm 03 Aug 09

I wonder how the ‘tester’ greyhounds are being treated, and if they’ll be rehomed after their lab-rat experiences? Greyhounds make the nicest pets, gentle, smoochy, calm, lazy, and generally gorgeous puppies … breaks my heart to think of them being used in labs.

SheepGroper SheepGroper 12:43 pm 03 Aug 09

You can still nobble a dog by giving him a nice, long, drink just before the race, according to at least one greyhound racer’s memoirs, and it’s a fair bet there are other ways to skew results that don’t rely on drugs.

willo willo 12:34 pm 03 Aug 09

at least the dogs dont have any thieving little turds sitting on their backs pulling them up like the geegees do

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