(Photo courtesy of MCT Campus)

(Photo courtesy of MCT Campus)

By Noemie Broussoux-Coutard, Contributing Writer

As a prolonged history of alienation has been perpetuated towards these innocent animals, Greyhounds, benevolent organizations like the Greyhound Friends of New Jersey have been desperately fighting to destroy the stigma that surrounds Greyhound. On September 30, 2015, Bergen Community College invited the Greyhound Friends of New Jersey for the 10th consecutive year, officially marking the decennial since dedicating one day every year as the annual “Greyhound Day” on the Paramus campus. Harold Kahn, English professor, Greyhound dog owner, has been the long-term “Greyhound Day” contact on campus, and still continues to advocate for these dogs’ rights and victim status.

In fact, modern images of the greyhound perceive them as victims of dog racing, a vicious sport putting the lives of innocent animals in danger since the dawn of time. Due to their aerodynamic body and long shape, greyhounds are the breed the most used to partake in this dangerous activity. According to PETA, nearly 1,000 greyhound deaths have been documented since 2008.

Although this event is adored by the public, it is rare for outsiders to attend meet-and-greets like this one to simply learn more about these creatures. Moreover, the rare, yet serious, accidents caused by these dogs are the only times they appear on the mainstream media. Thus, the irrational fear surrounding greyhounds can not be simply forgotten, and this is why the Greyhound Friends of New Jersey urges populations to independently teach their families and entourage on the dos and don’ts of owning a greyhound, to avoid further accidents leading to the thickening of this stigma.

The mighty skinny beast trots subtly along the dark hallway, its blood-injected eyes facing the silhouette as it opens the door to the house. The hound grits its teeth in impatience to devour the human… with loving licks? Thrilled that his owner has come home, the friendly greyhound submerges itself in a series of kisses for his very best friend. As a prolonged history of alienation has been perpetuated towards these innocent animals, benevolent organizations like the Greyhound Friends of New Jersey have been desperately fighting to destroy the stigma that surrounds Greyhounds.