Ban Cruel & Abusive Greyhound Racing

Target: Salma Lakhani, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta

Goal: Ban the abusive racing of greyhounds across Canada.

Every year, greyhounds are drugged, abused, and forced to run until their bodies literally break, all in the name of “sport” and “entertainment.” Greyhound racing remains popular, and unlegislated, in Canada. However, faithful companion animals should not be used for human entertainment. Stop greyhound racing immediately.

The dogs begin intensive training when they are 1-year-old and start racing six months later. During training, they often sustain injuries such as torn muscles, soreness, and broken toes. After they are raced for 4 to 6 years, they are given a poor retirement. Many are returned to farms for breeding, while those that are unfit for adoption or breeding are euthanized.

Greyhounds are fast, sleek animals who love to run, but this is no excuse for abusing their nature and forcing them to perform at certain standards to win races. There have been many instances of greyhounds being drugged to improve their performance. While the National Greyhound Association takes pains to ban these members, the Canadian government does nothing to protect the mistreated dogs. Many other accounts of ill-treatment have surfaced, and again, the federal and provincial leaders sit idly by while companion animals are reared for human amusement.

Racing dogs are abused for profit as well. Even though betting on greyhounds is illegal in Canada, certain websites still accept bets on them with impunity. Many states in the USA have outlawed greyhound racing, and only a few still maintain tracks and events. While this is thankfully a dying sport, the Canadian Government cannot stand in impotence while animals within its borders languish in such horrible conditions.

Take action and help put an end to greyhound racing.


Dear Your Honour,

I was shocked to hear that there is a greyhound race track still operational in the province of Alberta and that these dogs can legally be raced across the country, with very few regulations governing their well-being. Many states in the USA have banned greyhound racing, but Canada still allows this archaic form of “entertainment” in the 21st century. While interest in this sport is dwindling, I urge you, on behalf of the Government of Canada, to take action and put an end to this unethical sport.

Many greyhounds are drugged to improve performance, and yet there is no legislation to prevent this. The animals are injured during training and races, yet this physical abuse is allowed. Animals are euthanized if they are no longer worthy or useful, and this is acceptable for human amusement. While betting on greyhounds is illegal, many places still take bets on races.

Companion dogs are being abused and exploited in plain sight and this is allowed under the law. This shameful negligence on behalf of Canada must stop. Put an end to greyhound racing across the nation.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: MICHOFF



  1. Gloria Navan says:

    This is not a sport. It is a moneymaker for owners of dogs, trainers, etc., and
    anyone else who can make a dime from these poor dogs.

  2. Alice Knight says:

    We are always allowing us humans the rites to do too many things just for our pleasure. We have to begin to think outside of our selfish behaviour. This type of entertaining is archaic considering we all know the abuse these beautiful, graceful animals can potentially receive. Perhaps another form of human entertainment can replace this without animal abuse. When I read or hear of these types of animal abuses coming from Canada, I am ashamed of my country.

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