GREY2K USA Worldwide
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.
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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!
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. Between 2001 and 2014, the total amount gambled on American greyhound racing declined by 70%. Additionally, the number of tracks has been cut by two-thirds. In the United Kingdom, the last London stadium has announced its closure 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. The Macau track reported a decrease in profit of 82% in 2015 and like Ireland’s tracks, only survives with government assistance including tax breaks. 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. As of 2016, dog racing is legal and operational in eight jurisdictions. Please join us in contacting the leaders of Australia, Ireland, Macau, Mexico, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam today.
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!
Protect Racing Greyhounds in Great Britain
The Parliamentary Committee reviewing dog racing in Great Britain has responded to your concerns about dog racing and made a bold series of recommendations to the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA). While this is wonderful news, the Committee would also allow the industry two years to respond to its recommendations! Please sign our petition to DEFRA now, asking the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs to adopt all of the Committee's recommendations - but without the two year waiting period. Special thanks to Committee Chairman Neil Parish and Members of Parliament who met with GREY2K USA Worldwide President Christine Dorchak and invited testimony from the League Against Cruel Sports following the release of our joint report calling for immediate change within the dog racing industry. The Parliamentary Committee has responded by making the following recommendations: Full public disclosure of injury and death reports Full public disclosure of adoption rates Humane standards for racing kennels, with random inspections Universal track maintenance standards Independent verification by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service and local authorities A statutory levy (tax) on gambling companies for greyhound welfare and adoption The time for action is now!
Stop the horror of dog racing from returning to Kansas!
Greyhound racing promoters are trying to pass legislation designed to re-open all three Kansas dog tracks! House Bill 2537 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!
Stop Subsidizing Greyhound Racing in West Virginia
More than 7,000 greyhounds have been injured at two West Virginia racetracks since 2008, including 376 dogs that died. Thousands of greyhounds endure lives of confinement at these facilities, kept in warehouse style kennels, in small cages, for long hours each day. Female greyhounds are given anabolic steroids to prevent estrus, and dogs are fed raw “4-D” meat from diseased animals to reduce costs. Since 2009, seven cases of cruelty or neglect have also been documented at West Virginia greyhound tracks, including an injured dog that was denied veterinary care, and dogs that were punched, raised off the ground, and slapped. This cruel industry is dying in West Virginia but continues to exist because it is being propped up by a state law that mandates greyhound racing, and also requires that dog races be subsidized with up to tens of millions each year in gambling profits. This is money that could otherwise be used for important state programs like education and public safety. The state is facing an unprecedented budget crunch, and the time is right to end outrageous subsidies to an industry that is cruel and inhumane. Sign this petition and ask legislative leaders to end greyhound racing subsidies now.
Keep dog racing out of South Africa
GREY2K USA has just received word of a renewed push to bring dog racing to the country of South Africa! Please sign our petition to stop the expansion of this cruelty now.In addition, we ask that you join with us in sending official public comments to Kenneth Mak, Director-General of the Department of Industry and Trade, who will be deciding this issue. He must receive your official comments no later than June 23, 2014. Read our letter here. Key points: Greyhound racing is a dying industry worldwide Thousands of greyhounds suffer serious injuries and some also die while racing Many healthy dogs are also killed once their usefulness ends When not racing, greyhounds are confined in small cages for at least 20 hours a day The breeding of greyhounds will contribute to the challenge of placing homeless animals Greyhound racing is illegal in South Africa and should remain so Thank you to our friends at the National Council of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) for alerting us to this situation. Together, we can prevent the suffering and deaths of gentle greyhounds, but we must act now.
End Dog Racing in New Zealand
Imagine keeping your dog in a solitary cage, with no bed to rest on or toys to play with. Imagine watching your best friend pace around and around chasing her tail in endless circles. Then imagine walking away...It is hard to understand but thousands and thousands of New Zealand greyhounds are living like this right now, and no one is helping them. In fact, the industry admits that there are no welfare standards in place to protect these dogs or to improve their terrible lives. Worse, seventy-seven percent of owners admit that dogs may not be placed for adoption after they stop winning. This figure augments the thirty-five percent of greyhound puppies that the New Zealand Greyhound Racing Association admits cannot be accounted for. The irrefutable conclusion is that thousands of beautiful and innocent greyhounds are simply destroyed each year.Last Fall, GREY2K USA Worldwide worked with FarmWatch and the Greyhound Protection League of New Zealand to get the first look at these dogs. Our undercover investigation of a major New Zealand racing kennel revealed the sad truth that greyhounds endure lives of confinement and many exhibit neurotic behaviors. When our investigators approached them, some dogs tried to push their heads right out of their cages to be petted. This is how desperate for attention these poor dogs are.Please help us rescue New Zealand's greyhounds from the racing industry. With your support, we will do more than just document this cruelty, we will fight it. As we have found in the United States, there is a path forward to protecting greyhounds and we know that much work lies ahead. Now is the time to take the first step. Won't you please help?Learn more on our New Zealand campaign page now. Then, pledge a donation and sign our petition to help end dog racing in yet another part of the world.
Stop cruel dog racing mandates
Believe it or not, states like Florida and Iowa actually require live greyhound racing in order for other forms of gambling to exist. This means the dogs are forced to suffer needlessly while the cruel racing industry is propped up. Many of these businesses would like to stop dog racing due to the decline in interest, but they are unable to do so within the current law. That is why we need your help now to pass greyhound decoupling. GREY2K USA Worldwide is gearing up for the 2014 legislative season, and laying the groundwork for several important greyhound protection laws. Most notably, we expect greyhound decoupling to be debated in Iowa and Florida. If greyhound decoupling passes, it will significantly reduce dog racing. That means that fewer greyhounds will endure lives of confinement and suffer injuries. Please sign our online petition contacting Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Florida Governor Rick Scott. Ask them to support greyhound decoupling. Specifically, tell them that greyhound racing is cruel and inhumane, and that businesses should not be forced to lose money on dog racing to offer other forms of betting.
Dog Racing in Vietnam Must Be Stopped
The Vietnamese Minister of Finance has issued a draft decree to authorize betting and wagering. If allowed to take effect, commercial greyhound racing would expand in another part of the world.We cannot let this happen! The expansion of dog racing to new parts of the world will only perpetuate a cruelty that should never have existed in the first place.Sports Entertainment Services, the operator of the current track Lam Son, has lobbied for these new regulations and hopes to offer greyhound expanded gambling at its present location. The company also plans to develop a new network of seven betting tracks throughout Vietnam. New facilities are proposed in Ha Noi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hai Phong, Da Nang, Nha Trang and Can Tho, the creation of which would result in the breeding and destruction of thousands of new dogs each year. See photos of Lam Son and read about our board member's visit there last year on our web site.GREY2K USA, joined by the Animals Asia Foundation, the RSPCA, Blue Cross of India, the World Society for the Protection of Animals, Earth Island Institute, Humane Society International and seven other groups that form the Asia for Animals Coalition, has sent a letter to Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang urging him to stop the legalization of greyhound racing in his country. Lend your voice by signing our petition.Together, we can stop the potential suffering of greyhounds in a part of the world which is particularly dangerous for dogs. Please sign and share our petition now. Let's do it!