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 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 In 2012, when one of his dogs tested positive for oxymorphone, his license was revoked and he was assessed a fine of $5,000.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
74,988 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
4,977 supporters
Petitioning President Donald Trump, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Prime Minister Theresa May, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, Premier Li Kequiang, The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Rt Hon Bill English, President Enrique...

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 2017, 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.

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16,223 supporters
Petitioning Leo Varadkar, Michael Creed

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
353,393 supporters
Petitioning Leo Varadkar, Michael Creed

Stop export of Irish greyhounds to their deaths in China

The fight to close the Canidrome, the world’s deadliest dog track, continues! 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, the export of greyhounds to Macau was suspended in December when Australian airlines Qantas and Cathay Pacific refused to fly any more greyhounds to the region. No greyhounds had been sent to the Canidrome since that time.  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.  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. There is no adoption program and only one dog, a greyhound named Brooklyn photographed by GREY2K USA Worldwide in 2011, is reportedly being kept alive to avoid public outcry.  We must now work harder than ever to stop this cruelty with new victims from Ireland! In 2012, the Irish Department of Agriculture issued a policy against racing dog exports to Asian countries and emphatically stated that the plan offered by the Irish Greyhound Board or Bord na gCon “...does not provide 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." Meanwhile, gambling revenues have declined by more than 60% since 2010 so the conditions under which greyhounds live at the Canidrome have only deteriorated.  Now is the time to remind the Irish government that its policy should be strictly enforced and in fact that commercial greyhound racing should be banned as a matter of law.   Please sign the petition, the innocent greyhounds of Ireland are counting on us to act now! 

GREY2K USA Worldwide
353,393 supporters
Petitioning Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

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!

GREY2K USA Worldwide
5,898 supporters
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Petitioning Sam Brownback, Kansas State House, Kansas State Senate

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!

GREY2K USA Worldwide
117,794 supporters
Petitioning West Virginia Governor

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.

GREY2K USA Worldwide
140,168 supporters
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Petitioning Kenneth Mak

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.

GREY2K USA Worldwide
18,249 supporters
Petitioning Hon. Nathan Guy

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.

GREY2K USA Worldwide
8,736 supporters