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7 horrifying truths about greyhound racing

7 horrifying truths about greyhound racing

Posted 16 February 2015   by Amy         Permalink | 12 Comments

Tags: greyhounds, racing, greyhound racing, dogs, investigations

What's wrong with racing greyhounds? Dogs love to run, right?

Sure. But do they love to race? Read these 7 shocking truths about greyhound racing and decide for yourself ...

4--5 dogs die every week on the track

If a dog breaks a leg or injures himself on the track (which is quite common), sadly his time is pretty much up. Not because he can't get better ... because of course he can! But because he is unlikely to ever win another race and therefore becomes 'worthless' to his owner. 4--5 dogs every week are killed on the track, or behind closed doors after the race, simply because they are no use to their owners anymore.

Thousands of pups never make it to the track
(Image thanks to Friends of the Hound)

The dogs who die on the race track are only part of the story. Racing is a competitive 'sport' after all and only the fastest dogs even make it to the track. What happens to the ones who aren't fast enough? Around 8000 pups every year are deemed unlikely to win races and most of those are killed.

Dogs are not the only victims

I'm about to tell you something that the people involved would prefer was kept secret because it is so horrific that it would surely disgust everyone. Not to mention that it's illegal! Recent investigations by Animals Australia and Animal Liberation Queensland have revealed that 'live baiting' is a widespread and routine practice for a significant number of greyhound trainers.

'Live baiting' is where a defenseless live animal -- a rabbit, piglet or possum for example -- is tied to a mechanical lure and flung around a race track at a high speed, chased, and eventually mauled and killed by dogs. Dogs are provoked and encouraged to attack the animals. It is truly sickening that this is happening. The RSPCA is investigating and you can help end brutal live baiting by signing the petition.

Your tax dollars could be supporting this

State governments have spent millions of dollars on greyhound racing. If you, or your family, pay taxes then sadly your money could be part of the huge amount of tax payer money that's used to encourage more people to go to the races, to build new tracks or other infrastructure, and even to encourage the industry to breed more dogs. (Breeding incentives?! When thousands of dogs are being killed every year. That's bonkers!)

I know that, like me, you'll hate the thought of your hard-earned dollars going towards animal cruelty. You can help end this by writing to your State MP and demanding an end to government support of greyhound racing.

This is what life looks like for many racing greys for most of the day

Racing greyhounds can be kept in pens, crates or kennels for up to 23 hours a day :( I can't imagine any animal being happy living like that, can you?

Most countries have either never raced dogs or have banned greyhound racing
(Image thanks to Friends of the Hound)

Australia has a problem. A gambling problem. Did you know that NSW is second only to Las Vegas when it comes to having the most poker machines? This might seem off tangent but it just goes to show that some things that might seem normal to us are really not that normal. Heaps of other countries have carried on just fine without greyhound racing. And the suffering caused to animals is simply not worth it. C'mon Straya!

4 out of 5 retired greyhounds are not rehomed
(Image thanks to Friends of the Hound)

Greyhounds are naturally very sweet and gentle and kissable animals. I should know, I work with one. Sadly, although there are plenty of shelters dedicated to rehoming greyhounds, there are just too many discarded by the racing industry to find homes for them all and about 10,000 young and healthy and lovable dogs are killed every year.

If you can offer a home to an ex-racing greyhound you could consider adopting or fostering one from your local rescue group. If you want to know more about the true nature of greyhounds, you might like to meet the boy who would be my favourite if I chose favourites but I don't.

Meet Blue

Did these facts surprise you? You're not the only one. Many Australians simply do not know the truth about greyhound racing. You can help change that. Start a conversation with someone today, share this post or even write something of your own to help spread the word that greyhound racing is cruel and if you love animals then don't bet on 'the dogs'.


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