Written by PETA
If you're like most people, you probably don't think much about what racing greyhounds do when they're not running around tracks. The greyhound advocacy group Grey2K USA recently managed to sneak a video camera past the tight security at Tucson Greyhound Park in Tucson, Arizona, and revealed the depressing, dungeon-like conditions that these dogs spend most of their time in.
The dogs are inexplicably kept in darkness all day, confined to cramped cages in which they have barely enough room to stand up and turn around. The majority of the dogs are continuously kept muzzled, even while they're inside the cages.
When a local TV news reporter showed the undercover footage to Tom Taylor, the track's CEO and general manager, Taylor admitted that he wouldn't keep his own dog in such conditions but said that they were acceptable for racing dogs because they "ha[ve] a job."
The reporter then asked to see the kennels for herself. He refused, saying, "I am not going to let the press in because you are going to show it to thousands of people and we don't know how they are going to take it."
"Can't we just let the people decide?" asked the reporter. "No. They won't," Taylor responded. "They will agree with these people."
Watch the video and see who you agree with.
Written by Alisa Mullins
Officials responding to a complaint about the smell of decaying animals at Florida's Ebro Greyhound Park found 33 dead and decomposing dogs who had apparently starved to death as well as four more dogs who were near death. Racer Ronald Williams was arrested and charged with 37 counts of felony cruelty to animals in connection with what the county sheriff says is one of the most disturbing cases of animal abuse his department has ever investigated. Williams had apparently abandoned the dogs to die when the racing season ended.
Greyhounds want nothing more than to snuggle on the couch and be part of a family, but those used in racing live in cramped cages and are muzzled most of the time. Illnesses and injuries—including broken legs, heatstroke, and heart attacks—claim the lives of many dogs. When they're too old or slow to continue, greyhounds are thrown away like garbage.
But thanks to the efforts of PETA and other animal rights groups, 25 tracks have closed in the U.S. alone since 2001, and Barbados, Guam, Haiti, and Indonesia have all shuttered their tracks. PETA Asia is fighting hard to keep greyhound racing out of the Philippines.
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Written by Jennifer O'Connor
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