While Florida has instituted stricter rules regarding the care and safety of racing greyhounds, greyhounds are still subjected to extreme conditions at many racing parks around the country. According to an article about greyhound racing, “at least 1,400 dogs [were] injured and 100 killed at Wheeling Island [WV] since 2008.”
Greyhounds were valued by Egyptian pharaohs for their grace, beauty, and gentle manner. Today, however, they often live their entire lives in kennels barely large enough for them to turn around in. They have little human contact except during training and when taken out of the kennels on race day. They have short careers and are usually shot at the end of them if they are not rescued.
Not only do the dogs suffer but there are other animals who suffer, too. Rabbits are often used to train greyhounds. They become lures and are killed by the dogs when caught. Nearly 100,000 live rabbits and other small animals are literally torn apart in live-lure training.
Even though there are numerous greyhound rescue groups around the country, there are not enough to protect all the dogs who either retire from the track or who wash out after one or two races.
Never visit a track, never support a track, never watch racing on television. Because when you think about it…the answer is simple…stop greyhound racing.