lfb.org / By Nate Rifkin / Sep 18, 2015
A story goes that one day in Florida, a crowd gathered around the local greyhound racetrack to place their bets and enjoy the day.
If you’ve never seen a greyhound race, here’s how it works:
Instead of being ridden by jockeys, greyhounds chase a “rabbit” around the track. Really, it’s an electronic gizmo made to look like a rabbit, and its speed is controlled by someone out of sight in a box. His job is to keep the rabbit zooming along, just out of reach of the greyhounds.
According to the story, this race ended rather differently.
The beginning was the same: All the greyhounds were placed in their respective lanes and readied to start the race.
The rabbit fired off. The gates opened. And the dogs began their chase.
After a couple laps, something went wrong. The electronic rabbit gizmo caught ablaze. All the fur burned off, and it lurched to a halt. All of a sudden, the greyhounds had nothing to chase.
So what did they do?
Some simply sat down and began licking themselves. Others fought with each other. And some began to bark at the crowd.
Without the fake rabbit to chase (controlled so that it could never be caught), the greyhounds had no idea what to do.
There’s a reason I tell this tale, and it has to do with GMOs.