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Undercover at a Greyhound Racetrack

Written by PETA | December 23, 2010

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

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  • videosmithlaguna says:

    Greyhounds are really good dogs, that is terrible. My daughter made a video for her fifth grade project called “Together We Can Help Homeless Animals”. She shot it over two days at the Orange County Animal Shelter in Orange County CA. We live in one of the richest communities in the world but our shelter is a disgrace and super high kill. Ever since we posted this the shelter now has a no photo policy as the newspaper did a story on my daughter and the shelter is being looked at. A couple of the dogs got adopted from people viewing the video on youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_tniCLkpfo

  • Debbie says:

    Thank you for sharing this tragic information on these intelligent animals. I will share with others.

  • morganlefey says:

    We have a rescue greyhound, and I believe she is from that park. Greyhounds are loving, gentle, goofy, loving dogs, and I hope this “sport” is eventually banned in all 50 states. Rescue greys make wonderful pets, and I urge anyone interested in one of these magnificent dogs to contact their local greyhound rescue.

  • Morganlefey says:

    We have a rescue greyhound, and I believe she is from that park. Greyhounds are loving, gentle, goofy, loving dogs, and I hope this “sport” is eventually banned in all 50 states. Rescue greys make wonderful pets, and I urge anyone interested in one of these magnificent dogs to contact their local greyhound rescue.

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