Don’t Support Dog Racing: Stand Up For Greyhounds!

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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.

Act Now!

  • 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.

About Author

Jenny ThreetJenny uses the voices of Rumpy the Alaskan Malamute, June Buggie cat and the rest of her gang to talk about animal care and animal welfare. Regular blog features include poetry, Best News I Heard All Week, and commentary by Rumpy or herself. She is a an animal welfarist, a thinker, and a pragmatist believing there are ways to convince people to take a stand for animals besides using emotional overload.View all posts by Jenny Threet →

  1. grandmasmad3ringcircus
    grandmasmad3ringcircus05-13-2013

    It’s so sad to see how some people
    treat animals. Thanks so much for the information.

  2. Carey Theil
    Carey Theil05-14-2013

    Thanks for this great blog post!

  3. greyhound dog racing
    greyhound dog racing11-11-2013

    Its not essential that those into greyhound dog racing are actually cruel to them. I know many people who are regulars at greyhound racing have adopted or fostering greyhounds. Also there are many casinos who run programme for abandoned greyhound dogs. Like a casino in west Virginia callled mardi gras, they have active greyhound adoption programme, with many adopters being regular at their races.

    • rumpydog
      rumpydog11-17-2013

      So in other words, the ends justify the means?

      Truth is that if people like your “regulars” didn’t go to greyhound tracks, we wouldn’t NEED homes for all these dogs that have been given nothing more than a life of servitude.

      And what of the dogs that don’t live long enough to make it to that “happily ever after” home?

      I think your comments are misguided.

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