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