We need your help to prevent the coming of commercial dog racing to India. It has been reported that the state of Punjab would like to build a track, in case gambling on greyhound racing is legalized in the country. See the story here.
In the United States, greyhound racing is a dying industry that is inherently cruel to dogs. In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, a dog was injured every three to four days before racing was made illegal in that state. Colorado reported 2,600 injuries from 1993-2007. In the state of New Hampshire, records showed that 1,200 injuries occurred from 2005 to 2008, the year in which dog racing finally ended there. Reported injuries include broken bones, cardiac arrest, paralysis and seizures. The most frequent injuries are broken legs, but broken necks and crushed skulls are also reported each year. Some dogs die while racing, while others are put down because of the severity of their injuries, and/or because of their diminished value as racers.
The decline of greyhound racing has been ongoing for years, and media outlets have long reported the spiraling collapse of this industry. According to the Association of Racing Commissioners International, an industry association, gambling on greyhounds declined by 42% from 2002-2007 in the United States. Further, since 2001, 26 American tracks have shut down operations, cutting the industry in half.
As of 2011, dog racing is illegal in the majority of the United States. The Territory of Guam recently joined this humane trend, as have Jamaica and South Africa in refusing to legalize dog racing in the first place.
Diana Ratnagar, Chairperson of Beauty Without Cruelty India, is asking animal advocates around the world to join her in fighting for the greyhounds. GREY2K USA, along with several organizations including the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organizations and the United Kingdom’s Dogs Trust, have each contacted government officials.
Now we ask you to join us by doing two things today:
1. Visiting our homepage to join us in contacting the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh.
2. E-mail Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab, Sardar Sukhbir Singh Badal at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell him to say no to dog racing.
Finally, if you want to see dog racing end worldwide, see our video, share and Chipin today.
Thanks for caring about the greyhounds!