Suffering and death on greyhound tracks in Florida and Texas

No Gravatar

More reports of injuries and deaths are coming out of greyhound race tracks in Florida and Texas. I’m sure we’ll hear the tired excuse from insiders, claiming the percentages are not so bad.

So we’re expected to ignore suffering and death because a lot of races are held and the math doesn’t seem so bad to those who look the away – where suffering occurs. People who care tend to show concern for the dogs; not so much on percentages.

The suffering is real, as we see from the following video footage from Gulf Greyhound Park in Texas:
(Warning: The images are graphic and are not intended for all viewers.)

The Herald-Tribune out of Florida reports on a conflict between the Sarasota Kennel Club and GREY2K USA. It seems officials at the racetrack told GREY2K they were going turn over injury records. But now the SKC is withholding the information, because they claim a GREY2K representative was rude on the phone.

The dogs at greyhound racetracks would trade in their suffering, along with the constant risk of death or severe injuries for just “rude” behavior.

PACK MENTALITY BLOG: Compassion - teamed with Science and Logic

More troubling news out of greyhound racing and sled dog racing

No Gravatar

It’s never a good day for dogs suffering in greyhound racing and sled dog racing. But at least the public and the media are now focusing on their struggles.

The story of a dog that died in the 2013 IdiocyRod Sled Dog Race (Iditarod) is extremely troubling. Dorado was killed after being buried in drifting snow at a race drop-off point. He was taken off the sled team after reportedly moving “stiffly.”

He was dropped on Monday, March 11 and was not found until Friday. The article on the Harold-Standard website reports the claim that Dorado and other dogs at the drop off point were checked on at 3 a.m. that Friday and he was found dead as many as five hours later.

The question is – Why are the dogs left unattended at a drop off point on the race course for so many days? It seems some insiders are calling for changes. The article notes the requests include –

…. boosting the number of helpers at checkpoints to check on dogs more often, providing adequate shelter and increasing the number of flights to get the dogs out more quickly.

It’s 2013 and after decades of holding this race, they haven’t figured this out yet? They haven’t been checking on the dogs often enough and have not provided adequate shelter and delay going back to get the dogs.

The article includes the claim that the weather delayed the race officials from getting back to 135 dogs that had been dropped off at this site. Dorado and some of the others were left outside in this same bad weather.

Iditarod supporters – like dog racing supporters – are forever claiming the dogs have extremely good care. The facts don’t support these claims at all.

The ASPCA and GREY2K USA have teamed to bring to light the horrors of greyhound racing in Texas. A startling 1,507 greyhounds were injured at Texas racetracks between January 2008 and December 2011 – and 56 dogs died from those injuries.

From living in stacked cages to the injuries and deaths to being fed 4-D meat, the report is enough to make everyone understand that a ban on dog racing should be in place today.

The Galveston County Daily News ran a story about the dark side of dog racing, but a subscription is required to read it.


PACK MENTALITY BLOG: Compassion - teamed with Science and Logic

Much in the way of greyhound racing in the news this month

No Gravatar

In his Saving Greys blog on the GREY2K USA website, Carey Theil reports four states are considering bills related to greyhound racing this year.

In New Hampshire, where live racing is out, a bill would allow simulcast gambling only from states where injuries are reported to the public. A bill in Arizona could completely decouple live racing from other forms of gambling. This would allow for the dropping of dog racing. In Texas and Arkansas, bills could increase penalties for violations in dog racing.

An article and an editorial ran this week on the Charleston Daily Mail website. In the article, greyhound  breeders in West Virginia are crying over what they claim is a reduction in the number races being held at the Wheeling track. The Racing Commission ruled Tuesday that the track must hold 109 races each week.

The attorney for the kennel owners association says the facility is just trying to get out of the business of racing dogs. Do these people even hear what is coming out of there own mouths? This would be like a product manufacturer trying to stop a store owner from failing to buy its product – or that manufacturer trying to prevent the store owner from being able to close their own store. So the state’s breeders are trying to force the casino to lose money on racing, so that they can keep breeding racing dogs.

This is crazy. The state is going to allow one industry to force another to operate – even if its loosing money with that operation? I have never heard about this happening with any other industries.

The editorial on the Daily Mail site rightfully suggests the state completely drop the mandate for racing. The piece rightfully notes – “” The greyhound racing business is on its last legs. “”

In New Zealand, an inquiry is underway to investigate the rightfully named “blood sport.”