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 8 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
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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
81,115 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!

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7,685 supporters
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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!

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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
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