The ugly truth behind greyhound racing. These were dogs brought
to be killed at a shelter at the end of the season because they were no
longer of use for dog racing.
Sadly, greyhound racing is not a “sport”
about fast dogs, but a state-sanctioned form of gambling ruled by profit.
It is inherently cruel to a gentle and ancient breed of dog once favored
When greyhounds do not run profitably, they are of
little use to the racing business. Approximately 20,000+ greyhounds are
killed each year in the United States alone. Despite racing industry propaganda,
the majority of unwanted greyhounds are not placed as pets – there are simply
not enough homes for them all.
The discards of an American business.
Since 1990, there have been more than 51 media-documented
cases of mistreatment of greyhounds, collectively involving thousands
of dogs. These cases include greyhounds shot, abandoned, left starving in
their crates, sold for medical experimentation, and even electrocuted.
Those greyhounds lucky enough to make it to a racetrack
typically live in crates for 18-20 hours per day with exercise limited to
only every fourth day or so when they race. Some are left muzzled almost
constantly. The dogs are often fed raw meat from
diseased livestock rejected by the USDA.
It is virtually impossible to regulate greyhound racing
to ensure humane conditions for the dogs. Individual state regulations are
of little use because a dog may be bred/trained in one location and then
race in several different states. More importantly, economic interests always
stand to prevail over any regulations or concern for the dogs. At some tracks,
owners/trainers of unprofitable kennels barely have enough money to feed
racers, much less provide medical treatment or humane death. In other instances,
trainers are afraid to speak out about abusive situations or poor conditions
for fear that they will lose their jobs. All parties involved with the dog
racing industry – including track owners, state governments, and even some
greyhound adoption groups – have a monetary incentive to cover-up or ignore
abuses and to keep secret the massive numbers of dogs killed annually.
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