Dog racing sucks. The cruel form of entertainment condones the mistreatment of dogs that live miserable lives full of injuries and pain until they’re euthanized once no longer fit to race.
So – great news out of Texas, ya’ll … Dog racing will soon be a thing of the past in the lone star state.
On Wednesday, Gulf Greyhound Park, the only remaining dog racing venue in Texas, announced plans to close the track at the end of the year. The decision comes after a decade+ of campaigning on part of the GREY2K USA, a group dedicated to ending dog racing throughout the country.
The group’s grassroots campaign has worked diligently to close this specific park as it’s considered one of the worst for dogs in the United States. Between 2008 and 2014, more than 2,300 greyhound injuries were reported and 108 greyhounds died or were euthanized.
As awareness grows of the cruel industry and it’s practices, including live baiting, dog racing has slowly been on the decline. Even the operators of the remaining racetracks say the industry is failing. 39 states have passed legislation prohibiting dog racing on concerns over animal welfare. In 2001, there were 49 dog tracks operating in 15 states. Today, with this recent announcement, there will soon be 19 tracks left in 6 states.
Hopefully soon, dog racing will completely be a thing of the past and greyhounds will just be known as the awesome, svelte dogs that should definitely live in homes with giant yards.
Love a greyhound, don’t bet on one.