GREY2K USA Worldwide

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GREY2K USA Worldwide is the largest greyhound protection organization in the United States. As a non-profit 501(c)4 organization, we work to pass stronger greyhound protection laws and to end the cruelty of dog racing on both national and international levels. We also promote the rescue, rehoming and adoption of greyhounds across the globe.

Started 10 petitions

Petitioning Andrew Doyle, Michael Creed

Save 6,000 Irish greyhounds

Truly, the time has come to end dog racing in Ireland! Please sign our petition to Agriculture Ministers Andrew Doyle and Michael Creed now. According to a secret industry report unearthed by RTÉ News, almost 6,000 greyhounds are cruelly killed each year. Their crime? They did not run fast enough to earn their keep. Dogs are slaughtered one at a time for €20 a piece or in groups of ten at a discount. Watch RTÉ Investigates: Greyhounds Running for Their Lives CAUTION: INCLUDES GRUESOME FOOTAGE Helpless hounds, many only a year old, have no chance at all. They are sent to the country’s commercial slaughterhouses, bludgeoned or shot to death, then dumped – just like trash. And this is done in the wake of the highest government subsidy program ever, with current grants of €16.8 million ($19 million USD) per year. As for the dogs that make it to the track, the Irish Greyhound Board’s report finds that the racing pool of 3,600 dogs rotates twice per year and the average dog’s racing life is under seven months. Approximately 15,000 pups are bred each year so that the industry produces 1,000% more greyhounds each year than is actually required, creating a humane nightmare. As long as greyhound racing continues, there will be a stain on the humane reputation of the Emerald Isle. Tracks are closing around the world, and it is time for Ireland to cut ties with this grisly pastime as well. Ask Irish leaders to spare the dogs and let racing die its rightful death. Then, please support our mission to end this cruelty worldwide.**PLEASE NOTE: Change.org might ask you to donate after signing. These donations go to change.org and will not reach GREY2K USA Worldwide. To support GREY2K directly, please visit grey2kusa.org.**

GREY2K USA Worldwide
35,854 supporters
Petitioning President of the United States, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, The Hon Scott Morrison MP, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, Boris Johnson MP

End the drugging of racing dogs worldwide

Racing greyhound hounds are testing positive for Class 1 drugs like cocaine, oxycodone and oxymorphone, as well as amphetamines more than ever before. Pain suppressors like novocaine and lidocaine are routinely administered to mask the pain and stress of racing rather than treat it. Industry records show that drug positives are spiking -- so this terrible problem is getting worse, not better. In fact, gentle hounds are being drugged worldwide. Fearsome Flicker tested cocaine-positive at Nottingham Stadium in the UK, as did Tristar at Shawfield Stadium. Both dogs were just 3 years old. In Australia, three dogs tested positive for amphetamines and methamphetamines in one just month! In March 2018, Clonbrien Hero was nominated as the Irish Greyhound Board’s “Dog of the Year” – even after he tested positive for cocaine three times. In the last reported cases from Florida, two winning greyhounds tested cocaine-positive at two different tracks in the same month! Castle Rock was found with benzoylecgonine in her system after leading the pack at Orange Park Kennel Club on July 19, 2018. This was the third time she tested cocaine-positive. A three-old brindle named Ruthless was also found to be coked up when she ran a race at the Orlando dog track just three days later. In West Virginia, another greyhound named Jax Yardley tested positive two times for a prohibited substance, however the description of the drug positives was redacted.  Wherever it exists, dog racing has a drug problem and should end.

GREY2K USA Worldwide
81,027 supporters
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Petitioning Kansas Governor, Kansas State House, Kansas State Senate

URGENT: Keep Kansas dog tracks closed

Greyhound racing promoters are trying to pass legislation designed to re-open all three Kansas dog tracks! SB 427/HB 2545 seeks to encourage these long-closed facilities to come alive again with thousands of slot machines. Owner Phil Ruffin, a Las Vegas billionaire, would be allowed to keep as much as 50% of the profits – but only as long as he offers live dog racing. We cannot let this happen! Greyhound racing has killed and injured thousands of dogs nationwide in only the past few years. Tell Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer and the state legislature not to let it back in the state. Commercial greyhound racing began in Kansas in 1989 with the opening of Wichita Greyhound Park and The Woodlands. A third track, Camptown, opened in 1995 but closed just six months later. All three facilities experienced catastrophic financial losses and thankfully, live dog racing ended with the shutdown of The Woodlands in 2008. But the dogs paid the price until the very end. In the last six-month season of racing at The Woodlands, eighty dogs suffered broken legs and backs and other injuries. A total of nineteen dogs were killed. Greyhound racing is a dying industry, illegal in 40 states. It proved to be a bad experiment for Kansas, with a 95% decline in gambling forcing the facilities to close. It makes little sense to bring this industry back. And slot machine subsidies are anti free-market and do not work. This idea has been tried in multiple other states and failed. The state of Iowa was losing $14 million a year promoting greyhound racing, and today West Virginia, which also subsidizes the industry, has seen attendance levels drop by as much as 99%. The tracks in Florida lose a total of $35 million a year on dog racing, because wagering has declined by almost 100% in the last remaining big dog racing state! The dogs lose, too. Since 2008, the year that dog racing ended in Kansas, 15,000 greyhound injuries were reported in other states, including broken backs and legs, spinal cord paralysis and death by cardiac arrest. Now is not the time to bring back this cruelty. Tell Governor Colyer and the Kansas State House and Senate not to bring the inhumane practice of greyhound racing back!

GREY2K USA Worldwide
7,736 supporters
Petitioning Florida Governor

Stop cocaine use in greyhound racing

Did you know that racing dogs test positive for serious drugs, including cocaine? On June 29, 2017, ABC First Coast News revealed that there were 18 cocaine positives at Florida’s Orange Park dog track in the first four months of 2017. Stories from the Associated Press/New York Times, the Washington Post, ABC World News Tonight, Great Britain’s Daily Mail, Canada’s CBC and other outlets across the world soon followed. The Animal Rescue Site and the Humane Society of the United States also blogged about it. Now, new reporting shows that the kennel worker involved, Charles F. McClellan has a long history of humane offenses and drug violations. In 2013, he failed to report the death of a racing greyhound as required by statute. In 2012, when one of his dogs tested positive for oxymorphone, his license was revoked and he was assessed a fine of $5,000. But later, when he claimed the drugging was “inadvertent,” the state reinstated his license and reduced the fine to $1,000! In the latest case, a dog named Flicka was found with cocaine in her system on six different occasions! Ten of the twelve dogs involved are owned by Julia Ward, the current President of industry front group the National Greyhound Association. And more, the kennel where the dogs tested positive is owned by NGA board member Steve Sarras, a politically connected recipient of greyhound subsidies in West Virginia. Kennel worker Charles F. McClellan has had his license suspended but neither he, nor Ward or Sarras have been criminally charged. Unfortunately, this is only the latest case of greyhounds suffering abuse in an apparent race fixing scheme. In January, cocaine was found in five greyhounds within two weeks at Derby Lane, another Florida dog track. The man responsible, championship “dogman” Malcolm McCallister, lost his racing license. He didn’t even pay a fine and no criminal charges were ever brought. Back in 2004, our investigations revealed that greyhounds test positive all over the country. 119 dogs were drugged in the Sunshine State alone that year. If you are as disgusted as I am with this callous and greedy industry, please take the time now to sign our petition to Governor Rick Scott. Urge him to bring Ward, Sarras, McClellan and McCallister to justice!

GREY2K USA Worldwide
81,763 supporters
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Petitioning Sam Brownback, Kansas State House, Kansas State Senate

URGENT: Keep Kansas dog tracks closed

Greyhound racing promoters are trying to pass legislation designed to re-open all three Kansas dog tracks!House Bill 2173 seeks to encourage these long-closed facilities to come alive again with thousands of slot machines. Owner Phil Ruffin, a Las Vegas billionaire, would be allowed to keep as much as 68% of the profits – but only as long as he offers live dog racing. We cannot let this happen!Greyhound racing has killed and injured thousands of dogs nationwide in only the past few years. Tell Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and the state legislature not to let it back in the state.Commercial greyhound racing began in Kansas in 1989 with the opening of Wichita Greyhound Park and The Woodlands. A third track, Camptown, opened in 1995 but closed just six months later. All three facilities experienced catastrophic financial losses and thankfully, live dog racing ended with the shutdown of The Woodlands in 2008.But the dogs paid the price until the very end. In the last six-month season of racing at The Woodlands, eighty dogs suffered broken legs and backs and other injures. A total of nineteen dogs were killed.Greyhound racing is a dying industry, illegal in 40 states. Greyhound racing proved to be a bad experiment for Kansas, with a 95% decline in gambling forcing the facilities to close. It makes little sense to bring this industry back.And slot machine subsidies are anti free-market and do not work. This idea has been tried in multiple other states and failed. The state of Iowa was losing $14 million a year promoting greyhound racing, and today West Virginia, which also subsidizes the industry, has seen attendance levels drop by as much as 99%. The tracks in Florida lose a total of $35 million a year on dog racing, because wagering has declined by almost 100% in the last remaining big dog racing state!The dogs lose, too. Since 2008, the year that dog racing ended in Kansas, nearly 14,000 greyhound injuries were reported in other states, including broken backs and legs, spinal cord paralysis and death by cardiac arrest.Now is not the time to bring back this cruelty to our state.Tell Governor Brownback and the Kansas State House and Senate not to bring the cruel practice of greyhound racing back!

GREY2K USA Worldwide
4,937 supporters
Petitioning Donald J. Trump, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, The Hon Scott Morrison MP, Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Boris Johnson MP

Greyhounds are racing to their deaths worldwide

Across the globe, greyhound racing is a dying industry that is inherently cruel to dogs. When first invented in the United States in 1919, it could not be understood that thousands upon thousands of dogs would suffer and die. Records were not kept of track injuries or deaths, and the public could not know the final fate of racing dogs. Now the truth is out, loud and clear! Greyhounds are paying the ultimate price for a low form of “entertainment” that a growing majority of people will no longer countenance. According to government records now available, common racing injuries include broken necks and broken backs, dislocations, torn muscles, and paralysis. Electrocutions have also occurred when dogs make contact with a track’s high voltage lure. Some dogs die while racing while others are put down due to the severity of their injuries, or simply because of their diminished value as racers. Thankfully, the decline of greyhound racing has been ongoing for years. Since 2014, the total amount gambled on American greyhound racing has declined by 70%. Additionally, the number of tracks will soon be reduced to six nationwide. In the United Kingdom, the last London stadium has closed and like many dog tracks before it, will be re-purposed for mixed housing and retail operations. This follows a 58% decline in betting on dogs since 2000. In Ireland, gambling losses of more than 50% have been reported in the last seven years, and the racing regulator now maintains debts and deficits exceeding €30 million. Jamaica refused to legalize dog racing in 2009 and South Africa followed in 2010, citing both the poor economics and humane problems associated with the activity.   The trend is definitely with the greyhounds and follows a growing concern for the welfare of all dogs which truly transcends national boundaries and cultures. Dog racing is legal and operational in seven jurisdictions. Please join us in contacting the leaders of Australia, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam today.

GREY2K USA Worldwide
27,005 supporters
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Petitioning Leo Varadkar

Stop export of Irish greyhounds to their deaths in China

The fight continues to close the Canidrome, the world’s deadliest dog track! The Macau Canidrome is China’s only legal dog track and thousands of innocent Australian greyhounds have been sent there to be used and killed since 1963. Thankfully, since December when Australian airlines refused to fly any more greyhounds to the region, no dogs have been sent to the Canidrome. Until now. Sadly, three greyhounds arrived in Hong Kong for transfer to Macau on March 16. Six more came packed in shipping crates on April 15. These are Irish dogs, the latest in a long line of four-legged victims who will soon die at a true slaughterhouse for greyhounds. And if something isn’t done, who knows how many more Irish dogs might be sent? Sign our petition to tell Ireland not to send any more greyhounds to their deaths in the Macau Canidrome, the world’s deadliest racetrack. The Macau Canidrome greyhound track is a place where no dog gets out alive. Previously, hundreds of dogs were imported from Australia each year, killed at a rate of thirty per month. We must now work harder than ever to stop this cruelty with new victims from Ireland! Here’s the thing: shipping dogs to the Canidrome is completely against government policy in Ireland. In 2012, the Irish Department of Agriculture issued a strongly worded warning against the export of racing greyhounds to Asian countries because there was not “sufficient assurance that adequate provision would be made to safeguard the health and welfare of greyhounds in China at the end of their racing life." But if they don’t enforce their own policies, then they don’t provide any protection to these greyhounds. Now is the time to remind the Irish government that its proscription on racing dog exports to Asian countries should be strictly enforced.   Please sign the petition! The greyhounds of Ireland are counting on us to act now!

GREY2K USA Worldwide
364,619 supporters