The Cruel Greyhound Racing

The Cruelty of Greyhound Racing

Built to race, and then killed when injured and or when they get too old and too slow to run. Tsk tsk tsk...
Built to race, and then killed when injured and or when they get too old and too slow to run. Tsk tsk tsk...

Dubbed as man’s best friend, a breed of dog named greyhounds, slim, agile and fast, were forced to race in the face of cruelty, misery and death.

In some places worldwide, animals were used to the hilt in gambling. Many of us for sure heard about horse racing, cockfight derby, betta fish fighting, spider fighting, pit-bull fighting and even horse fighting.

How about greyhound racing, though, are you familiar with this?

In greyhound racing the man’s best friend are treated as if they are commodities and their life are not given importance. Greyhound racing is a gambling system that result in tens of thousands (or perhaps even more) puppies getting killed each year. Here, the poor greyhounds are kept in congested cages almost all day long where most of these animals would develop skin diseases and harmful ailments.

Like horse racing, the thin greyhounds are agile, swift and very fast and are made to run after a mechanical rabbit around a racetrack, where the fastest dog and the bets on it win the pot.

While horses are well taken care off especially in US where they are loved and groomed by their own owners and even pampered with an air-conditioned room, hearty diet, and regular medical check-up. Moreover, horses are reared with the aid of science advancements, from training to racing and will eventually retire to leave the tracks to graze in farms and will stay in pastures in the company of champion horses to breed and yield more horses for racing.

It is the opposite for the greyhounds, since they are subjected to cruelty and treated like playthings. Instead of living in a house, getting a pat on the head by its owners, running all day to toy with kids or with other dogs, and guarding homes with sheer might and courage, these poor breed of dogs were enclosed in a small cage (as if they’re in the death chamber ready to be annihilated) and programmed to run as many laps as they could, while still alive.

The cruelty and miseries of these hapless and helpless dogs doesn’t end there. Thousands of puppies that are perceived to be slow by the breeder get death sentence each year, while those dogs that reach young adult stage and failed to make the next cut , were shot to death, bludgeoned and starved to death. Those dogs that made the initial cull will face death inevitably when injuries comes or will be too old and too slow to run. A greyhound running career could reach three (3) years and has an average lifespan of thirteen (13) years; instead of living the remaining days of their lives when running career is over their owners will just kill them for their racing servitude was over.

These conditions of the greyhounds are indeed gruesome and unimaginable. Just recently 10,000 dead greyhounds were found in the killing fields and more cases of death of these poor animals in several countries were reported few years ago up to present.

An ad campaign against greyhound racing.

Many people informed about the cruelty of this racing resulted to declined in attendance and betting, forces operators to look for better alternatives and Philippines is their next target.
Many people informed about the cruelty of this racing resulted to declined in attendance and betting, forces operators to look for better alternatives and Philippines is their next target.

Each dogs that are fit to run a race spend their borrowed time in a very cramped cages as many of the dogs would suffer from developing muzzle, skin diseases, crate sores and infestations emanating from parasites (internal and external).

Greyhounds are forced to race even in extreme conditions from subzero to very hot temperatures, poor dogs there slim features, thin layer of skin, and thin fur coating cannot shield them from any elements (biting winter chills and sweltering heat). Many greyhounds are reported to have died during transport from one track to another. Doping is widespread in greyhound racing to cover injuries and make them run at a blazing speed.

After a lackluster attendance in US thanks to the informed public about cruelty done to the greyhounds, the syndicate that operates these horrible racing have had shifted to other countries, like Haiti, Barbados, Indonesia and Guam. However their stints in these countries were short-lived, now the sights of these greyhound racing operators is on the Philippines. Hopefully the attempts of these scrupulous operators will not push through, for sure many more greyhounds will be imported from Australia and China and deaths of these wonderful breed of dog will continue if these operators are not barred and stoped from their doglike activities.

This is my 21st hub in the HubChallenge.

Comments 21 comments

Gyrheound lover 4 years ago

You have absolutely no idea!! I grew up in a racing family and spent most of my childhood with greyhounds these dogs were art of our family and more well looked after than the average pet dog! Generalised comments like these need to be kept to yourself! Maybe you should visit some trainers and get a true insight to how it all works. There are much worst things happening to animals out there maybe focus on animals that really need your help.


Taylah 4 years ago

your bull shit u have no idea leave them alone.


Taylah 4 years ago

greyhound raceing is fine my auntie races greyhounds even though some people do sell them over seas3e for fighting not all greyhound raceing is cruel so stop with the bull shit.


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GeneralHowitzer 5 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines Author

Hehehe!


AaronC 5 years ago

Haha good one Wayne. Try counting the ones sent to Korea and Macau for a start. For racing and food. You mongrel bastard.

How many have you run to death Wayne? How many died so you could have the winners you do have? For a fist full of gold- for the rush of a win- Australia needs to wake up and take a touch stance on the greyhound racing killing machine.


wayne  5 years ago

and by the way we have a greyhound sensus here in australia

of the 6137 greys born last year

3228 are racing

2807 are in regestered pet homes

the remaining 102 either were still born caught parovirus or died from natural causes

there are gaol sentences in austraila against cruelty to animals


wayne 5 years ago

this is a crock of shit . our greyhound facility has runs 30 meters long by 10 meters wide the minimum kenel size is 1.5m wide x 1.5m long x 1.8m high all out kennels have seperate air conditioning and are 2.5 m x s.5 x 1.8 the food that there fed is semi lean beef mince 500 grams a day mixed with a cup of kibble and with health food suplements which cost a fortune and beaing a greyhound there natural chasers they see a leave move they chase it and they love it .they winge af they dont go racing each week than when u get there there happy and wagging there tails then after they race there even happyer . also there a 20 minute a day dog they love to sleep on couches all day long . dont you dare have a go at us greyhound racers we are not going to races so people can bet on our dogs were going to races so the dogs can have fun off a lead at there own pace . better than some show people that drag a dog around on a lead all day and make them stand still in a ring . and we dont kill after they finsh raing we breed with them and they become house pets so u all need to grow up


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GeneralHowitzer 5 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines Author

Thanks for the visit...


mmmmmmmm 5 years ago

bad =GRAYHOUND RACING


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GeneralHowitzer 5 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines Author

Did I mention Australia here?... Read this link http://www.greyhounds.org/gpl/contents/entry.html....


Aussie 5 years ago

its amazing how some people can use general comments to tar the good owners.

lets talk about show dogs whoops floppy ears cant show put it down.and sheep dogs cant get the signals right put it down and others.

all bred for a purpose.


greyhound owner 6 years ago

i own greyhounds for racing and we take very good care of your greyhounds, we get them checked by a vet regulary and give them plenty of supplements after racing, we rug them of a night. Once they retire from racing we keep them as pets. so not all greyhound racing is bad


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GeneralHowitzer 7 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines Author

Thanks crazdwriter for the generous comments and for dropping by...


Crazdwriter 7 years ago

I only knew a bit about this. Very informative hub. Good job, General.


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GeneralHowitzer 7 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines Author

Yeah thanks i'll be visiting your hubs in the days i'm still busy for now i knew they are interesting and splendid. Thanks for dropping my.


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Helen Cater 7 years ago from UK

I used to go greyhound racing a lot when i was a child. I am an animal lover and if I knew then what I know now would never have gone. Great hub keep it up.


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GeneralHowitzer 7 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines Author

@ Eternal Evolution --- Yeah we need to be humane to the animals around us because they depend on us with their survival, they are nature's gift to us and someway somehow we need to take care of them.

@ RedElf --- Yeah canine lover, but it is always a collective effort whenever welfare of animals and our environement is at stake, but I know we can always pull through just like in US where greyhound racing is no longer entertained their...

Thanks for the visit the two of you...


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RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

Many thanks, General. I am pleased that change is coming, but I thank you for showing we must keep working for these gallant creatures.


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Eternal Evolution 7 years ago from kentucky

very informitive. I never knew that greyhouds lived in such horrible conditions. I asumed they were treated like the racing horses. thanks for publishing this hub. people need to realize the horrible conditions we put animals in, if we don't know then we can never stop it.


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GeneralHowitzer 7 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines Author

Thanks there ma'm, you already cheered me up today I'm so depressed now... Love you there I will visit your hubs soon for I miss them already, Iwas busy with my work and the HubChallenge.


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Uninvited Writer 7 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

Thanks for highlighting this problem. I know there are lots of rescue organizations for greyhounds thankfully.

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