Stop the Sale of Retired Greyhounds to Research Labs

Target: U.S. Senate

Goal: Pass a national law that prohibits the sale of retired racing greyhounds to research labs.

Not all retired racing greyhounds are adopted. In fact, only a third of them find homes of any kind. The vast majority are put down, or worse, sold to research labs. Racing-dog owners profit off their dogs’ last dying breath. Legislature needs to be passed to prohibit the sale of retired greyhounds to research labs. After the horrors these dogs face on the tracks, protecting them from further suffering is the least we can do.

There have been countless cases of greyhounds being mistreated in research labs. A reported 2,600 greyhounds were donated for medical research to Colorado State University by Colorado breeders and trainers from January 1995 to March 1998. Approximately one-third of the dogs were used in terminal teaching labs and were they were killed immediately after use; the remainder were “excess” and were euthanized within 24 hours of their arrival at the facility.

Gregory S. Wood, a breeder and kennel owner in Arizona has been known to sell his retired racers for $250 to $350 a piece, primarily to the University of Arizona, Tucson Veterans Administration Medical Center, and W.L. Gore and Associates in Flagstaff. When asked, Wood said he would continue to put dogs unsuitable for adoption into research programs. “It’s foolish to just put a dog to sleep, when they could instead be put to some useful purpose in a USDA-regulated research laboratory.” How could the tortured existence of a research animal be considered a lesser evil than putting these dogs to sleep? And why should greyhound breeders and owners be permitted to benefit from the pain and misery of their dogs?

Dog racing continues in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Texas, and West Virginia. However, even states that have banned dog racing may still permit off-track wagering and the breeding of racing dogs. Thus, it is vital that the U.S. Senate pass a national law to prevent the sale of retired racing dogs to research labs. We must protect these helpless animals from further suffering.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear U.S. Senate,

Tens of thousands of greyhounds are bred for racing each year. Of those who make it to retirement, only a third are found any sort of home. Of the rest, many are euthanized and many still are sold to research labs, sentenced to suffer the rest of their days, to the benefit of their owners.

Because greyhound racing tracks still exist in multiple states, and because even states without tracks do not specifically prohibit the sale of retired racers to research labs, we ask that the U.S. Senate pass legislature to prevent retired greyhounds from being sold into these facilities.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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32 Comments

  1. Alex Yellin, Can you please state where you got this information from. Seems a comment above states that this is an old position which may not be the case any longer; I’m not saying it isn’t true, i would just like a reference to the information source, thank you.

  2. Not preserving greyhounds’ livelihood is not civilized.

  3. Bart Fuller says:

    I think who ever thinks they need this should know the National Greyhound Assn who registers all racing greyhounds has in there by-laws and have had for at least the last 15 years that prohibits the sale or gift of retired racing greyhounds to research labs. They take it very serious, if you see a racing greyhound which they all have tattooes in both ears that are in a researce lab and contact the NGA they will ban the owner for life from racing for doing it. While lads love to use greyhounds the ones they get ARE NOT racing greyhounds There are people that just raise all differant breeds to sell to labs.

  4. Charles Gaskill says:

    I’ve had three retired racing Greyhounds, if someone can look these creatures in the eyes and then hurt them…they have NO compassion and could be capable of doing anything to others. The human race believes it’s intelligence is superior, prove that by finding another way to do research.

  5. deberian esperimentar con sus propios hijos malditos sean los que esperimentan con animales……..

  6. Lisbeth Mønsted Larsen says:

    Greyhounds are longlived. their uniqe physice allows them to run almost as fast as a cheetha they are the second fastest landanimal on earth. They are also one of the oldest sighthound breeds in the world the other is the saluki.They were royal companions until the mechanical hare was invented in 1926.They are exploited for racing because of their emense speed and gentel demeanor. So to sell them down the river for their loyal services is both cruel and heartless why subject them to more torture than they have already been through. Why not give them a second chance. They make far better familymembers than some other breeds that is offered more protection and compassion than the greyhounds are afforded this day and age.To subject them to torture is to ad insult to injury and certainly not considering the greyhounds and what they should have in the form of a good life. As the owner of four glorious greyhounds i can say this I am fortunate to have them in my life and I love them with my heart and soul so please stop this exploitation and wanton abuse of this most nobel and gentel sighthound who certainly deserve better than that thank you for at least reading our comments and please think about what we have written here for the sake of the greyhounds. Thanks.

  7. THESE BARBARIC SCENERIES ARE MONSTERSWORK, NOT HUMANDEGRADING, ABSOLUTELY WRONG & UNACCEPTABLE AND TO BAN IN THE MOMENT!

    KILLINGS AND ABUSES TO LIVING CREATURES ARE UNBEARABLY FOR CIVILIZED SOCIETIES!

    HAVE YOU LOST YOUR HUMANITY AND YOUR BRAIN, PERSONS RESPONSIBLE?

    People need to vote unacting authorities and BASTARDS acting irresponsibly out of occupations NOW AND FOREVER!!!
    ON WHICH PLANET WE STAY HERE ALL TOGETHER WITH WHAT KINDS OF MONSTERS ???

  8. the greyhounds deserve a loving home. not to go to a lab.

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