Every year, thousands of puppies are born on greyhound breeding farms, destined to eventually become racing dogs at commercial tracks. They are kept out of the public eye and as a result, few of us know what life is like for these young dogs.
This video, The Secret Life of Greyhound Puppies, exposes the industry. It documents the greyhound breeding industry, and contains photographs that were taken between 2006 and 2012 by local officials, greyhound breeders and owners, at facilities in Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas and West Virginia.
The Secret Life of Greyhound Puppies shows greyhound puppies being tattooed at a few months of age, puppies kept outside with just small buildings for shelter, and breeding dogs enduring lives of confinement. We believe this is simply no way to treat a dog.
Some of the photographs in this new video were taken by county officials at an Oklahoma greyhound breeding farm owned by Kay Smith, one of the largest greyhound breeders in the country. These Oklahoma photographs are being publicly released for the first time.
Greyhound breeders don’t want the public to see the realities of the dog racing industry, and tried to silence us by filing a false copyright claim against the video. We successfully responded to this false claim, however, and The Secret Life of Greyhound Puppies was fully restored by YouTube.
This is not the first time cynical tactics have been used to try to silence our advocacy work at GREY2K USA, but every time we have fought back against these tactics and won. Greyhound breeders are afraid of our work, and should be.
As long as racetracks exist, dogs will continue to be pumped out and made to suffer at racetracks. When they are no longer moneymakers, a lucky few may find homes, but this will be at the expense of other companion animals seeking adoption.
We are confident that the more people know about commercial greyhound racing, the better things will be for greyhounds. Already, we have made tremendous progress for the dogs. Since our formation in 2001, the dog racing industry has been cut in half in the United States. GREY2K USA has also passed important greyhound protection laws, including the only state-based greyhound adoption fund. At the same time, we recognize that there is much more work left to do.
Please watch The Secret Life of Greyhound Puppies today, and then share this important video with others. Together, we can make real changes for these dogs, and move closer to the day when greyhound racing ends completely.