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greyhound racing

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Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to 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 In 2012, when one of his dogs tested positive for oxymorphone, his license was revoked and he was assessed a fine of $5,000.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
79,203 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to 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
354,500 supporters
This petition won 5 months ago

Petition to 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
117,767 supporters