End Greyhound Racing

Greyhound-Racer-by-Chris-Flickr

Target: Director of Domestic Policy Council, Cecilia Muñoz

Goal: Ban greyhound racing in United States due to its reputation for abuse and discarding dogs that can’t race.

Greyhound racing is rarely talked about and hugely bet on, which has led to practically heartless standards. When a dog can no longer race, or they are injured too severely, they are euthanized. Every year an estimated 3,000 to 8,000 dogs are put down in America alone due to their inability to race.

Despite the recent decline in popularity of greyhound racing, there are still 20 tracks open in America. Most dogs caught in the racing industry are housed in kennels for 20 hours a day, or left in large dirt pens with little to no shelter.

On top of the injuries they suffer on the track, from broken bones to cardiac arrest, these dogs are condemned to live miserable (and often too-short) lives. While the average life expectancy of a greyhound is 13 years, most racers are retired after 18 months to five years. Some are retired due to injuries, others because they aren’t fast enough. Some are lucky enough to be sent to rescue centers–the rest are put down or sold to breeding facilities.

Despite the many laws passed in America and the recent upgrade of animal cruelty to a federal felony, greyhound racing still persists. Though it is a slowly dying sport, the fact remains it still operates. People still turn a profit on cruelty that would otherwise land them in prison.

Tell government this sport needs to go. It is a waste of life and cruel in its practices. There are plenty ways for people to find entertainment and gamble that don’t include abusing animals.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Director Muñoz,

Greyhound racing is a dying sport, but still thousands of dogs lose their lives to it every year. They are used and thrown away like toys without emotions or purpose beyond their value on the track. This so-called sport is a mockery of recent steps taken to better ensure the safety of animals in America. The lives of greyhounds can only be improved by the elimination of racing.

Please ban this sport and put an end to the cruelty that surrounds it. Stop allowing greyhounds to be used for breeding, cheap entertainment, and gambling. Stop allowing greyhound racing operations to store them in tiny kennels for 20 or more hours a day, or leave them out in the elements. Stop allowing perfectly healthy dogs to be euthanized simply because they can’t turn a profit on the track.

Ban greyhound racing in the United States.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Chris

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One Comment

  1. Please remember the Ebro Track starvation case in 2011 http://www.wctv.tv/news/courtcases/headlines/At_least_20_greyhounds_found_dead_in_Panhandle_106403708.html as you consider ending Greyhound Racing…. the tracks lose money on the dog races and only profit off the adjacent poker rooms, etc.

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