Some tracks/kennels are not out to hurt dogs and are in it for sport and ect...and they love their dogs...but the entire system of dog racing...Its all about money..It is dependent upon the breeding of thousands of dogs in order to find a few winners and discarding of the ones that can't compete. Every year thousands of dogs die, even the greyhound industry admits this.
The other problem with purpose-breeding dogs for gambling is that it takes homes from dogs in shelters who might have found a home. It is a cruel industry and needs to be abolished, just like bull-baiting or cockfighting.
Found most of my reasoning here: www.bestfriends.org
Against...My hubby worked at a track up north for a little while..he quit because he wasnt even allowed to pet the dogs let alone be nice to them. A few years ago some men were arrested driving a semi up the highway from the Florida track...It seems that as they were driving one of them was clubbing the dogs in the head and throwing them out of the back of the truck. They were told to do that so the expense in getting rid of them would be a lot... It sickens me...I have as lkot of friends thata have adopted greyhounds and they make wonderful pets.
Against...but will say that more and more racetracks are working with rescue groups. Some even have their own adoption agencies at the tracks. Most rescue's work closely with tracks even holding retired racer day functions at them, etc. I think their motto in the back of their minds is "Keep your friends close, your enemies closer"
Mixed. (more against) I own a retired racing greyhound. So, its like if they didn't exist Jake wouldn't and I probably would never have the opportunity to own a greyhound. But I've heard some horrible things about track life, including what other memebers have said. But also I've heard that they have had a nice life on the track. But you also have to remember that they DO love to run. You really can't understand that unless you do own a greyhound. You take off their leash in an open fenced in area, they usually DO start to run on their own. Some do love to run, and be competitive. So please keep that in mind. Seeing them run is almost magical. Ok I know I sound fruity but..... its very beautiful to Jake running around, he looks like he is having soooooo much fun! Then he takes a nap. And they don't run everyday, from what I've heard. They do retire some early. But I'm SURE there is a lot I don't know about. But there really ARE some POSITIVE things about it. But negative is how many are put to sleep....... So that's my opinion.
The problem is not racing itself, the problem is how the undustry is structured. I like racing, horse and dog. I wish we had non gambeling citizen racing for other epople with sighthounds like they do in other countries.
And people who get greyhounds tend to want greythounds. They have a preticularly way about them.
I'm not against greyhound racing, as I believe they were bred to run and it's totallly in their instincts. And I definitely know and believe some are totally competitive and have the drive to win.
I also know the Naitonal Greyhound Association has gotten a LOT better about working with adoption agencies and enforcing rules on the care of the dogs when it's time to retire. Many times the care (Or lack thereof) of the dogs depends on the owners/trainers. And breeding within the NGA is pretty regulated.
About 90% of greyhonds eithter get adopted on retirement or go to farms for pets or breeding stock. I wonder how those numbers compare to the number of dogs that come into your average animal shelter.
AGAINST. I have heard far too many gruesome stories that I am now of the opinion that the majority are just individuals that are trying to make big money and have no conscience in getting rid of a greyhoud in the most gruesome manner if it doesn't prove to be a winner, definitely against.
I am not against it. No more than I am against agility dogs. or fly ball dogs. or schutzhund dogs. or iditrod dogs. dancing dogs and so on....you get my point
THERE is a vast difference between racing greyhounds and what you have mentioned above. I have yet to hear of animals being killed because they didn't excell at the above besides which there is money exchanging hands when it comes to the racing of greyhounds and hence is regarded as a "business" and a cruel one at that. The same applies to horse racing, I have heard more than my fair share and quite frankly it should be abolished amongst many things like circuses etc etc.
What you fail to comprhend that if these dogs were not in at the very least good condition then they would fail at what they are being bred to do. The people that own these dogs and the race horses too, have a large amount of money in these animals, how are they getting a return for their investment?
The breedings are planed just as with showdogs to produce the fastest dog. Now considering the cost of stud fees, AI, whelping costs, not to mention kennel costs, trainer fees, vet fees etc. etc. how can you possibly think they would kill all but the very fastest dogs? At very least the dogs not raced can become brood bitches, or be sold to other kennels for the bloodlines alone. To say this is to say that a show breeder kills all but the very best looking pup from all of her litters, ya right.
Why don't pups end up in rescue very often? Simple they sell the few that don't get sold as brood or stud dogs at auctions. If the kennels we really all that bad and the dogs never given attention would they be so easy to re train for life in a home? If they wre left in a kennel for 22 hours a day with no human contact could you take them and teach them to walk up stairs then home them with kids? I highly doubt it.
Yes I can guarentee that there are some really bad kennel owners that do kill, but there are bad kennel owners for every dog sport, there are still lab breeders that would rather kill a black lab with white then sell it even as pet. There are poodle breeders that will kill parti colors, and I am sure there are shiba breeders that will kill white ones, this I can guarentee still happens in Japan. But it is like everything else don't punish them all because of a few bad apples. take a look at this link http://www.gra-america.org/buy_a_dog/farm_life/farm1.html
***Edited By: ruffian on 6/19/2006 4:39:09 AM*** Reason: add
Ruffian, I have read that link that you provided; yes that is all fine and dandy but do you think that anything sinister is going to be written about? lol. I'd love to see what goes on behind closed doors.
But no mater how hard I try I can't find anymore than about 20 pics of dead greyhounds, yes it is sick, but the same pics over and over. If the estimation of 50,000 killed anually was accurate there would be many many more pics of them. I did state that yes there are bad racing greyhound owners, and kennel staff, but not all. In fact for most of the pics I found on the anti-racing sites even state than this happened at such and such track, now closed down, or by these people now in jail, or at this kennel now suspended. From reading both sides, and I have, and going down the middle which you have too, as both sides or going to have propaganda it looks like the Greyhound Racing Association of America keeps pretty close tabs on their dogs, probably because of all the anti-racing people there are out there. The GRAA could tell you the number of greyhounds regestered to them last year and the past years, and says the number has declined and has their own adoption program, sorry but I have been to horse tracks and stables I know that for them to proform to their best ability they have to be at the top of their health, the same goes for the dogs.
Like anything, this can get very heated, and I'm not angry at anyone here, because EVERYONE is entitled to their opinion.
As an owner of 2 retired racing greyhounds I can say that the number is closer to 50,000 each year that are killed. We know about 20,000 are humanly euthanized, the others just disappear to the unknown. Most of the reason you don't see pictures is that people make a lot of money on the destroying of these dogs. The dogs are brought by truckloads to remote areas, mostly farms that have 100's of acres of land...private land. The HBO special, from what I was told, showed a truckload of dogs being delivered to a man in Kentucky in the middle of the night. The dogs come bounding off the truck wagging their tails and one by one a bullet is put in their head. This man get's $5 per dog, when interviewed. He said he has probably put down about 5000 or more dogs...that's alot of money for a person who we know in this day and age as a farmer has a tough time providing for his family. The dogs are then mass buried.
A track in New England, years ago, actually was mass burying dogs and contaminated the town water. They had to dig and clean everything up.
I'm not saying that all the tracks do this, as I stated previously some tracks work very closely with adoption/rescue groups. So kudos to those that do, but like everything there are those that can't be bothered.
The next link is extremely graphic, so only open if you want to see what happens to some greyhounds. Again it is graphic and I want to make sure that you are warned. I do not mean to offend. This is from the Greyhound Protection Leagues website: