Dog racing may be considered an exciting sport to some, but for the dogs it’s a miserable existence. They live in cages and confined quarters with little human contact, and often have to eat dead, dying, and diseased animals. Their veterinary care is often neglected and they may even be drugged to make them run faster. Dog racing is cruel and it’s absolutely unnecessary. Let’s work together to make dog racing a thing of the past.
- If you live in a state where racing is allowed (to find out, click here), write your elected officials and ask them to support legislation that makes dog racing illegal.
- Don’t support the industry! In Florida, for example, gambling in gaming rooms at race tracks supports dog racing.
- Educate others about the reality of dog racing. By changing public perception of racing, we can help stop this cruel activity.
- Consider adopting a retired greyhound. There are many rescue groups across the US that help these dogs find homes.
Why It Matters
No dog should be forced to live in unhealthy conditions just for the amusement of people. Racing dogs spend much of their career in a cage measuring 34 inches high, 30 inches wide and 43 inches deep. The cages are not even large enough for most of the dogs to stand up inside.
Racing dogs may also suffer injuries. There are no statistics kept on the dogs used for racing unless the state specifically requires it, so we don’t know how many dogs are injured as a result of racing. Recently the state of Texas passed legislation requiring statistics be kept; the public then learned that in four years, there were over 1500 injuries at one racetrack.
According to GREY2K USA, approximately 12,000 dogs were registered as racers in 2011. Only the best dogs are chosen to race. The ones that aren’t considered good enough to become racers are often killed or sold to research laboratories.
But aren’t all racers adopted out once their career ends? Sadly, we don’t know what percentage of dogs are adopted out. The industry wants us to believe it’s 90%, however some estimates indicate as few as 1 in 4 actually make it into a loving home.
Greyhounds deserve better.