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Greyhound Racing

We are working to guarantee that greyhound racing will not be revived and, more specifically, that greyhound racing will not be required for other gambling initiatives to pass.

Greyhound Racing in the United States

Greyhound racing is now a dying industry. Since the peak of dog racing in 1985, the adoption of new state laws has led to the closure of dog racing tracks across the U.S and is now illegal in forty-one states. When greyhound racing did flourish in the United States, it came at a terrible cost to the animals who were supposed to be its stars.

Since 2013, when Florida began tracking greyhound dog deaths, 493 dogs died on its tracks – 94% of these dogs were three years old or younger. It was estimated that in 2018, when 11 tracks were operating in Florida, one dog died every three days on a track. In 2018, Floridians overwhelmingly voted to end greyhound racing, eliminating eleven of America’s seventeen remaining race tracks. Florida joined forty other states who have also outlawed greyhound racing due to animal cruelty issues and declining revenue.

The Danger of Greyhound Racing to Dogs 

Greyhound racing dogs often endure lives of confinement, are subject to cruel training practices, and suffer on the track from common racing injuries including broken necks, backs, dislocations, torn muscles, and more. According to GREY2K USA, from 2010 to 2019, nearly 11,000 greyhounds suffered injuries on America’s racetracks. In that time, at least 429 racing greyhounds have died.

Kansas, where greyhound racing is still legal but not active, is a good example of this. In 2008, the Woodlands racetrack in Kansas City, Kansas, held its grand finale race and then closed its doors due to financial failure. In the last six months of operation, eighty dogs were injured. The injuries were broken legs, sprains, torn muscles, and a spinal injury. Nineteen dogs were euthanized or died while racing.

What's Next?

Only a few remaining states still have live greyhound racing: West Virginia, Iowa, and Arkansas—though Iowa and Arkansas’s tracks are expected to close by the end 2022.

The state of Kansas hasn't seen a greyhound race since it's final track closed in 2008. Although not active, each year our organization has to ensure that greyhound racing isn’t revived in Kansas. It can be hidden in legislation related to gambling, sports wagering, electronic gaming, etc.

Resources

Kansas Expanded Lottery Act (KELA)

GREY2K USA Fact Sheet

Quick Facts

In forty-one states, live commercial greyhound racing is either illegal or unauthorized.

In five states, all dog tracks have closed and ceased live racing, but a prohibitory statute has yet to be enacted. Those states are Oregon, Connecticut, Kansas, Wisconsin and Alabama.

In just four states, pari-mutuel dog racing remains legal and operational. These states are West Virginia, Arkansas, Iowa and Texas.

In Kansas, greyhound racing is tied to the Kansas Parimutuel Racing Act and the Kansas Expanded Lottery Act (KELA). If slot machines are introduced at tracks, they MUST run live greyhound races.

Iowa loses about $14 million a year promoting greyhound racing, and West Virginia, which also subsidizes the industry, has seen attendance levels drop by as much as 99%. State subsidies for greyhound racing in Iowa expire in 2021.

TAKE ACTION

We are working to guarantee that greyhound racing will not be revived and, more specifically, that live greyhound racing will not be required for other gambling initiatives to pass.

Call or e-mail your state legislator today to respectfully request that greyhound racing not be revived and more specifically, that greyhound racing not be required to happen for other gambling initiatives to pass.

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