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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8 Comments

  1. ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME ???
    HOW CAN YOU SLEEP AT NIGHT KNOWING THESE MONSTERS ARE DOING THIS SHIT TO INNOCENT ANIMALS AND ENJOYING IT ?
    YOU NEED A WAKE UP CALL . I WILL NOT BE KIND IN THIS LETTER PLEADING YOU BECAUSE NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO BEG YOU TO NOT PERMIT THESE HORRIFIC ACTS FROM HAPPENING. THESE BASTARDS INFLICTING THIS SHIT ARE NOT HUMANS…YOU HAVE TO HAVE HUMANITY TO BE THAT.
    YOU MAKE THIS MONSTEROUS SHIT STOP NOW ! I WISH THE LONGEST AND MOST PAINFUL DEATH TO ALL WHO HAVE INFLICTED THE TORTURE AND MURDER ON THESE ANIMALS AND ALL THOSE WHO HAVE TURNED A BLIND EYE AND PERMITTED THIS.
    GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER BECAUSE KARMA IS A BITCH. THESE ARE ANIMALS WITH REAL FEELINGS OF PAIN, AND INTELLIGENCE.
    WHAT YOU DONT STOP IS JUST CRIMINAL. GOD HELP YOUR DECISION . YOUR AFTERLIFE IS ALL UP TO YOUR CHOICES…BUT RIGHT NOW YOUR JUST SHIT FOR LETTING THIS HAPPEN AND FORCING PEOPLE TO PLEA TO SAVE THESE ANIMALS WHICH SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN VICTIMS IN THE FIRST PLACE !

    You can either turn sorrowfully or
    carelessly away from an animal in
    distress or summon the courage to run
    forward and help.
    We can judge the heart of a person by their treatment of
    animals.
    (Ghandi)

  2. anita culling says:

    BAN IT.Its not right. Stop exploiting animals

  3. They are such sweet, innocent dogs. I have been involved with Greyhound rescue since 1997 and have Greyhound companions. They (nor does any animal) deserve this. Please end it! Race cars instead!

  4. Debra Diana says:

    They people who allow this treatment of another living creature have no heart and no BALLS!!! And the people who enflict this horrific treatment are even worse. Shame on all of them and karma will take care of the rest. I am so sick and disgusted with the way all animals are treated for money. They will all have to answer for these crimes. All creatures were put in this earth in our care and the exact opposite is happening. They better be praying.

  5. Heather Brophy says:

    Cecilia, YOUR IGNORANCE AND GREED IS BEYOND BELIEF! YOU’RE A CRUEL EMBARRASSMENT TO THE U.S.,STOP ALL RACING NOW!

  6. Carol Bowen says:

    Well said Deby Nieto !!!!

  7. Natasha polychuk Natasha polychuk says:

    MAKE PEOPLE FUCKIN RUN!

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