Greyhound Racing Ban in USA

Massachusetts voters embraced a ballot question to end greyhound racing in the state, rejecting track owners’ arguments that the ban would cost jobs at a time of economic hardship in favour of protecting dogs from harm. The ballot question proposed to phase out racing by 2010, leaving workers time to find alternative jobs.

The contentious ballot question was passed amid emotional ad campaigns by both sides. The Committee to Protect Dogs argued that racing dogs are treated inhumanely — kept in cages for most of the day and often injured when they are forced to run for sport. The campaign relied upon data kept by the State Racing Commission since mid-2002 showing injuries to more than 800 greyhounds.

“We’re optimistic that this will, in fact, be the year of the greyhound” said Christine Dorchak, the co-chair of the committee.

DRP: What do you know about the Greyhound racing industry? Do you know what happens to many of these lovely animals once their racing “careers” are over?

We’ll be featuring more news on this industry down the track, but if you have any inside information, please let us know.

4 thoughts on “Greyhound Racing Ban in USA

  1. Marie H February 14, 2009 / 11:42 pm

    I’d suggest that acknowledging the owners & trainers o racing greyhounds, who do the right thing by their dogs, is a way to go.

    I live next door to a man who owns some racing greyhounds. He’s an animal lover. He also owns an elderly border collie that he rescued years ago.

    He also had a pet greyhound that he rescued from being PTS by its trainer. We all loved that big boy, who sadly died while being desexed. Our neighbour was broken-hearted.

    His racing greyhounds are also loved & extremely well treated.
    When one of his greys won a lot of money in a prestigious race, he donated some to the Greyhound Adoption Program, run by the Racing Authority here in Qld.

    I’ve met a number of the greyhounds that responsible owners/trainers have turned over to this Adoption Program.
    The greys are given all sorts of tests for their suitability as pets.
    My small tibetan spaniel helps with one of the last tests, which (safely) looks at how they get on with small dogs.
    The greyhounds have all been the finest dogs….& my small dog’s only worry is when the test is over. And her new ‘friend’ is going home somewhere else.

    I’d strongly suggest that good racing-greyhound owners like my neighbour & those who hand their dogs over for Adoption,
    should be models for what all owners should be.

  2. deathrowpets February 16, 2009 / 3:11 pm

    Thanks for that comment. I agree with everything you say. It would be a good model for sure.
    We don’t mean to imply that all Greyhound breeders are ‘bad”. We are sure they are not. What we know is that there are ethical breeders and unethical breeders – whether they are registered or recognised or not by their breed association or Canine Council. There are good backyard breeders and bad backyard breeders. There are good vets and vets who are puppy farmers. Good pet shops and bad pet shops. The problem we are facing is that everyone says “it’s not me .. it’s someone else”. Until each group or association takes responsibility for policing their own group, we will always have this problem. So far no one has.

  3. Shirley March 15, 2010 / 5:21 pm

    Yes, I do know what happens to greyhounds after racing!

    As Marie H stated, there is a lot of love out there for the retired greyhound, whether it be by the greyhound owner or by members of the general public, and the word is spreading.

    I know this because I have rehoming greyhounds since 1996 and have seen the success of programs such as GAP and Independant programs.

    I am NOT in favour of abolishing Greyhound Racing!!
    Anyone who knows the Greyhound breed knows that they ‘Live to Run’ NOT ‘Run to Live’.

    A Greyhound Lover

  4. Greyhound Sales October 8, 2012 / 2:44 pm

    I dont think this is right. You can have your cake and eat it too. More and more people from both sides need to sit together and work out programs. One side needs to say this is how many greyhounds we breed each year and the othe rneeds to say this is how many we can house and put into adoption after their race careers, whats left is what we need to work on. Simple.

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