As many of you who read Scission know, i have been fortunate enough to have been best friends over the past fifteen years with three different retired racing greyhounds, Sasha, Whitney, and now Hawk. As such, I have come to learn way more then I wish to know about the terrible lives these loving creatures are forced to live during their days and nights in the racing industry. The term "mistreatment", doesn't do what is done to them justice. In Kansas, for just one example, greyhounds are classified as livestock and, well, you know how livestock are treated.
I decided this year to regularly devote some space here at Scission to the fight to give my friends, and their friends, a better live by exposing as much as possible the greedy bastards who make up and run the greyhound racing industries, who see these wonderful dogs as just another commodity, just another way for them to make a buck.
Today, I want to thank the group Grey2K USA for leading me to information that I am about to pass on to you. An investigation was conducted recently by the group and the ASPCA entitled "Greyhound Racing in Texas" is available in full here. The Executive Summary of the report reads:
This report on greyhound racing in Texas is based on information that is recent, specific to Texas, and from credible sources such as state records and news reports. It includes information on both humane and economic issues.
As the data is examined, some basic facts emerge:
Greyhounds endure lives of confinement
• Hundreds of greyhounds endure lives of confinement at Gulf Greyhound Park
• According to state regulations the minimum dog track cage size is three feet, by four feet, by three feet
• Large greyhounds cannot stand fully erect in these cages • The state has no rules governing turn out times
Greyhounds suffer serious injuries
• From January 2008 through December 2011 a total of 1,507 greyhound racing injuries were reported at Texas tracks
• A total of 56 greyhound injuries resulted in death or euthanasia
• The most commonly reported injury was a broken leg. Other reported injuries include torn muscles, puncture wounds, lacerations, dislocations, sprains, paralysis and a fractured skull
Greyhound racing is a dying industry
• Between 2007 and 2012 the total amount gambled on live pari-mutuel racing at Texas dog tracks declined by 61% and attendance declined by 52%
• Texas dog track executives and industry figures have publicly acknowledged that greyhound racing is no longer viable
• Greyhounds in Texas are fed 4-D meat as a way to reduce cost
• In 2011 a greyhound trainer failed to obtain veterinary care for an injured greyhound until two days after the injury had occurred
• In 2011 a Texas greyhound trainer surrendered his state license after he was caught on video using live rabbits to train greyhounds
• In 2012 six greyhounds died at Gulf Greyhound Park from a form of canine influenza
Again, I advise you go back and read the full report.
The following is from The Daily News of Galveston County.