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A Bright New Year for Greyhounds in Massachusetts!

Written by PETA | January 4, 2010
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We are barely a week into 2010, and it’s already shaping up to be a winning year—for greyhounds in Massachusetts, that is.

Thanks to voters who passed a dog-racing ban in the state, forcing dogs to participate in these cruel and pointless events is now illegal, and the law went into effect, rather appropriately, on New Year’s Day.

This victory has been a long-time coming for these animals—greyhounds’ natural speed and grace have been exploited for human benefit since the days of the ancient Egyptians. Thousands of greyhounds are killed each year as the declining dog-racing industry struggles to stay alive. Puppies are killed in the name of “selective breeding” before they ever touch a racetrack, and dogs who do qualify to become racers typically live in cages and are kept muzzled by their trainers at all times. And once the dogs who are forced to race are no longer able to run, many are abandoned, starved, shot, or sold to laboratories.

Thankfully, Massachusetts has realized that 2010 is the year to create new traditions—ones that don’t involve the needless suffering of animals for human amusement. Now to get the last eight states that still allow this exploitation to make a similar resolution.

Written by Shawna Flavell

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  • Mala Patel says:

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  • Angela says:

    As a sister to 2 greyhound trainers and 6 adopted greyhounds I’d like to provide my opinion on this whole situation… Although I agree that a lot of owners of greyhounds may exploit them please know that the trainers and caretakers at the track at least in Raynham MA care a great deal about the dogs. They take care of them like they are their own dogs. These dogs were all just shipped off to states where racing is still legal and now there is no use for greyhounds and the “left overs” will just be euthanized before having a chance. This is ALL the greyhound knows and now they will die off and we won’t see them anymore. I am a HUGE animal lover but I don’t think greyhound racing is the horrible thing people make it out to be. I think now the life a greyhound will live will be extremely short and pointless. And who knows how they treat them in other states? We just shipped them off and know nothing about how it’s regulated…. Not very responsible in my opinion.

  • Chris says:

    Wonderful!!! I just hope that most of the dogs find loving homes and aren’t just relocated to states where racing is still legal.

  • Randi says:

    HI I was on Craigslist theres a posting for the greyhounds 50 up for adoption Woof

  • Randi says:

    Im in Mass I knew of Wonder Land and Suffolk Downs now New Hampshire makes their decision I think this week I saw an interview so hopefully more good news for the dogs

  • Jagster says:

    How many tracks was in Mass.?

  • Amanda says:

    Is anybody else at all worried about what will happen to the hundreds of greyhounds that won’t be racing anymore? I mean I am very VERY happy about this disgusting sport being banned in Mass. but now I am also very worried about the many MANY dogs who are suddenly of “no use” to their socalled owners. How many of these precious creatures will actually be adopted to loving homes verses the rest who will likely die a horrible lonely death in an underfunded shelter or worse a science lab! How many will actually make it to a greyhound rescue? What is in store for these beautiful loving dogs?

  • Rachel A says:

    In my country this is one of the most popular spectator “sports”. We also use animals in experiments more than any other European country despite the fact that nearly everyone opposes this. We claim to be a country of animal loversbut the way things are makes me ashamed to be British.

  • mary w. says:

    I hope the dogs don’t get killed now. They should be given to loving owners.

  • jennifer says:

    I work with my local greyhound rescue and have been active in rescue for over 10 years and while I’m thrilled about the victory I wonder if provisions have been made to home the thousands of dogs displaced by the track closings. While we are definitely saving future generations from suffering we must be mindful of the current generations as well.

  • Shari says:

    I think this is a good sign for the animals for 2010! Thank you Massachusetts!

  • Sarah S. says:

    If only they would do this for the horse racing industry as well.

  • Robertq says:

    I wish they’d do this in England.

  • Traci Fasano says:

    Yay!!! This is GREAT news! My greyhound Gerry rescued from a Wisconsin racetrack and I thank you PETA for all the wonderful work you do! Happy New Year…let’s hope it’s a beneficial one for the animals.

  • Tiffany says:

    I live in Massachusetts and I am outright thrilled over this! It’s a wonderful start to a New Year and for these beautiful gentle dogs! Thank you to everyone who supported this to law! A toast to YOU!

  • Dana Eckenroad says:

    Great job PETA I know my donations are worth it keep up the great work!!! I live in Myrtle Beach and only a few months ago there was a greyhound convention and I got to meet so many of them and they are absolutely beautiful and very sweet Thank you!!!!

  • Aneliese says:

    Let’s hope that 2010 will be an amazing year for all animals.

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