Greyhounds are racing to their deaths worldwide
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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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