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Friday, January 27, 2012

Greyhound Lovers to Protest S.F. Skechers Store over Super Bowl Ad

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Greyhound lovers everywhere want Skechers to dump its new Super Bowl ad before it airs on Feb. 5 -- and it's not necessarily because they'd rather see a sweaty Kim Kardashian on screen.

The group is upset by the fact that the ad was shot at a racetrack in Tucson, Ariz., which the group claims mistreats greyhounds. Already, they've gathered more than 115,000 signatures from supporters across the nation, and next Grey2K -- a greyhound advocacy group -- plans to hold boycott rallies in front of Skechers stores across the nation, including one in San Francisco.

The commercial (watch a brief snippet of it above) stars a French bulldog named Mr. Quiggly, who wins against a pack of racing greyhounds, with the help of his Skechers.

According to the petition, which is hosted at, Tucson Greyhound Park is where "greyhounds are kept confined in small cages which are barely large enough for them to stand up or turn around."

"Skechers has turned a blind eye to the cruelty of dog racing," said

Grey2K USA President and General Counsel Christine Dorchak, who started

the campaign. "By filming its ad at Tucson Greyhound Park,

Skechers is glamorizing one of the most notorious dog tracks in the


"It's not too late for Skechers to do the right thing. It is

time for the shoe company to stand up for the real underdogs, the long-suffering greyhounds who live and die at Tucson Greyhound Park each

year," she added.

The protest is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. in front of the Union Square Skechers store, 200 Powell (at O'Farrell).

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