Racing Greyhounds Fed Raw Meat Unfit for Human Consumption as Way to Cut Costs


At racetracks across the country, greyhounds are routinely fed raw4-D meat from animals that are dying, diseased, disabled or dead. This meat is deemed unfit for human consumption and contains denatured charcoal to discourage human use.

The use of this meat may not be the most egregious practice in the racing industry, but it is a typical example of greyhound breeders trying to maximize their profit margin. With every dog, their goal is to derive as much profit as possible while incurring the least amount of costs. Even the industry handbook Care of the Racing and Retired Greyhound, acknowledges that this meat is used because “it is the most economically feasible for the Greyhound industry at this time.”

Greyhound breeders often argue that 4-D meat is also used for pet foods, and that is true. However, pet food manufacturers cook the meat to remove pathogens. By contrast, greyhound breeders feed raw 4-D meat to dogs. Many breeders even believe that cooking the meat would cause greyhounds to be less competitive.

This is a critical distinction that has ramifications on the health and welfare of greyhounds. For example, a 2006 study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association examined Salmonella enterica infections at a greyhound breeding farm. According to the study:

“Although such meat is an inexpensive source of protein, it has the potential to expose animals to many pathogenic microorganisms, including Salmonella spp, Campylobacter jejuni, and Escherichia coli, especially when fed raw.”

The study was conducted after there was an outbreak of diarrheal disease and death among young puppies at the farm. In total, 133 samples were taken at the facility of which 88 (66%)tested positive for Salmonella enterica. The study concluded:

S enterica infections and environmental contamination were common at this facility. A portion of the Salmonella strains detected on the premises was likely introduced via raw meat that was the primary dietary constituent. Some strains appeared to be widely disseminated in the population. Feeding meat that had not been cooked properly, particularly meat classified as unfit for human consumption, likely contributed to the infections in these dogs.

Feeding dogs raw 4-D meat as a way to cut costs is reckless. Taken together with confinement greyhounds endure, the injuries they suffer, and all of the other problems in the industry, it’s clear that dog racing is cruel and inhumane and must end. Find out how you can help raise awareness.


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Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Diane L.
Diane L5 years ago

Yolie, this is, first of all, a VERY old article, and eating dogmeat has nothing to do with it in the second place. Please read the article before posting something as off topic as this.

Yolie F.
Yolanda Figueroa5 years ago

How disgusting to eat dog and cat meat and what else they for I heard that in NY and Florida dog carcasses were being found behind oriental restaurants and feeding it to dare they!!!

Tricia Hamilton
Tricia Hamilton5 years ago

You people are idiots and you SUPER SUCK!!

Carrie Anne Brown

thanks for sharing

Diane L.
Diane L5 years ago

Oh, and NO, Sabina, I do not race Greyhounds, nor have I ever owned one. I HAVE had dogs my entire life, and the nutritional needs are pretty much the same regardless of whether it's a Greyhound or a ShihTsu. BTW, I know two people very closely who have had rescued Greyhounds or fostered them. I'd take a Greyhound to foster in a heartbeat, but don't have a FENCED back yard, so I'm not eligible. Guess being able to run freely on 10 acres whenever not in my house WITH ME is irrelevant.

My "agenda", Sabina, is to discuss issues and exchange information which is FACTUAL, not strictly based on emotions and propaganda. Hope that makes sense.

Diane L.
Diane L5 years ago

" And Diane L, as others have noticed, you're clearly involved in anim al abuse and came here to counter other comments, and you are illogical since vetinarians don't 'use animals as a basic for income' they care for animals, quite a difference "........Past Member, if you had any credibility, you wouldn't be a "past member" and you wouldn't resort to personal insults based on your lack of information. I'm as much, if not MORE opposed to animal abuse as anyone, just am a bit more logical than some as to what actually IS abuse. I didn't come here to counter other comments anymore than you did. I come here to read and share information, and in many cases, my own experiences and knowledge as a life long owner of both dogs cats and horses. Ummmm, so what on earth are you trying to say about veterinarians? They use animals as a base for income OR they care for animals"? Most do both. Some are in it only for the income, others care for the animals ONLY and can't survive as a business.

Sheri D.
Sheri D5 years ago

Dog racing should be banned.

Latonya W.
Latonya W5 years ago


Past Member
Past Member 5 years ago

there is nothing wrong with feeding dogs meat that is not fit for people. dogs are not people. kibble is full of salmonella and e-coili.. so are all those pig ears everyone is so happy to give their dogs. greyhound racing may be wrong but the raw meat is no issue. my dogs (4 small dogs) have been on a raw diet for 10 years. they are healthy and happy and everytime there is a petfood recall i have no worries because me dogs don't eat that crap.