Greyhound Facts:

Over 10,000 greyhounds vanish each year. We know that most of these are killed due to not making the grade required for racing.

Injuries during racing are very common. Deaths are also seen both on and off of the track. Off the track most racing greyhounds are kept in small cages or kennels for up to 23 hours a day with limited interaction.

When Greyhounds finish their racing life greys face an uncertain future. Some lucky greyhounds will find homes or shelters but sadly most of them are put down if they can't find any homes.

Racing Life

Living life as a racing greyhound is radically different from that of dogs that get to spend life as a pampered pooch. Puppies are kept in large kennels where they are socialized and encouraged to run. When they are three months old, they receive two tattoos, one in each ear. One identifies their date of birth while the other is an identification number that corresponds with records kept at the racing industry's headquarters, the National Greyhound Association.

The Truth About the Racing

No doubt about it Greys love to race. But there is a difference between them enjoying the freedom to run in a field and being encouraged to race on a track by use of a mechanical lure. Dogs may seem like they are enjoying a race but we must bear in mind what it seems is not always what it is. Dogs are starved for 24hrs  before a race. They may be thrown live bait such as rabbits to encourage kill instinct (blooding) which in turn encourages them to chase the mechanical lure. Blooding is illegal but still exists. Dogs are caged and  sometimes muzzled for around 23hrs per day or more, they  will have lots of pent up energy and mental frustration that needs  releasing. Obviously for these reasons they will most certainly look like they are enjoying the race.

The Good News

Greyhound racing is among the cruelest forms of entertainment. One which has resulted over 5,000 pups dying from the racing industry. But the racing industry itself is dying. Florida is home to more than half of the nation's dog racing tracks, and the cruel competitions have faded dramatically in popularity, so much that track owners want the races to stop because it cost them a lot of money each year. But they can't close the tracks because a 1997 state law requires them to continue hosting nearly as many races as they did two decades ago in order to keep their profitable poker rooms open.