Humane Advocates are Winning the Debate Over Greyhound Racing

In the debate over the future of greyhound racinghumane advocates are winning. Just consider these facts:

  • According to statistics from the National Greyhound Association, for the first six months of 2012, the number of dogs registered to race declined by 14% when compared to a year ago.
  • During the same time period, the number of greyhound litters reported to the National Greyhound Association declined by 4%.
  • In July 2012, the amount gambled on pari-mutuel wagering at Florida dog tracks was down by $1.6 million when compared to July 2011.

The greyhound racing industry is slowly dying. Greyhound breeders have repeatedly tried to convince themselves that there will be some magic revival of their cruel industry, but that’s not happening. This decline also explains why dog race promoters have resorted to desperate personal attacks. At some level, even greyhound breeders know that their industry is vanishing before their eyes.

While these new statistics are good news for greyhounds, we must continue fighting for the dogs. At GREY2K USA, we will work hard until the cruelty of greyhound racing ends everywhere. We are making progress, but there is a lot still left to do.

 

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158 comments

Victoria Allen
Victoria Allen3 years ago

Any time animals are used to make money the animal suffers, always. I have greyhounds and they are such sensitive souls it makes them easy to keep on the track. My black female, Baby G is emotionally scarred and my male has three legs. I love their nature and will always rescue as many as possible

Linda Jarsky
Linda Jarsky3 years ago

Martin Luther King Jr. is quoted as saying, “Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”

toni harrison kahn

I cannot vote in the above pole, because here in England we are still trying to get Greyhound racing banned, but it is taking forever.....we can but live in hope.

Fiona T.
Fi T.3 years ago

Together we can voice for the voiceless

Elizabeth C.

E C-R Let's not involve horse racing. That's a bridge too far.

The thing is not the racing itself, but the cruelty. If they can clean up their act, treat the dogs right and put them out for adoption after the racing lives are over, then there is no reason to stop it. It definitely should be regulated. Yes.By the way, greyhounds and horse love to race. They are very competitive. I have a racing trotter myself. He is very well treated. HIs coat shines like diamonds, his eyes are bright, when he goes onto the track, he holds himself like a king. It's his track. He loves it. They love it. It's all you people who live in a dream world. You don't have practical or realiistic knowledge at all.

If you guys want to abolish everything to do with animals, horse racing, carriage horses, do you think there will continue to be horses or greyhounds? Who's going to buy or take care of them? They will disappear. Let's not be so dogmatic and maximalist. But yes all these things to do with animals should definitely be regulated.

Lesley Robinson
Past Member 3 years ago

IN SPAIN THE GALGOS, AS THE RACING GREYHOUNDS ARE CALLED, ARE HANGED FROM TREES AND THEIR OWNERS BEAT THEM AS THEY SUFFOCATE TO DEATH. THE IGNORANT SPANIARDS METE OUT THIS SAVAGE CRUELTY IN THE HOPE OF GOOD LUCK FOR NEXT YEAR'S RACING SEASON.

DON'T GO TO SPAIN. DON'T BUY SPANISH GOODS. THESE PEOPLE MIGHT BE PART OF THE EU BUT IN THEIR ABATTOIRS THEY STILL SLAUGHTER ANIMALS WITH SCREWDRIVERS.

Lesley Robinson
Past Member 3 years ago

I WANT GREYOUND AND HORSE RACING BANNED AROUND THE WORLD. PEOPLE FOLLOW IT AND TAKE PART IN IT ONLY FOR THE MONEY THEY HOPE TO MAKE. THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT THE SORRY ANIMALS INVOLVED IN THEIR FILTHY SCHEMES. ASIA IS PARTICULARLY CRUEL.

Barbara J.
Barbara J.3 years ago

I wish people would boycott racing.

Penny B.
.3 years ago

I am enthusiastic about the fact that progress is being made, it just can't be fast enough to end so much suffering.

Natasha Salgado

I appreciate and admire your optimism. I hope your outlook and the stats which i read come to frution but it will be a long time. I wish for an outright ban with absolutely no acceptions.