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Published on October 4, 2008

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Slide 1: GREYHOUND RACING: DYING TO WIN APPROXIMATELY 20,000 GREYHOUNDS BRED FOR DOG RACING WILL DIE THIS YEAR. : Some will be humanely euthanized by veterinarians or animal shelters; others will be sold for medical experimentation and others will simply disappear from record. Source: Greyhound Protection League Research Files (updated May 2002) based upon industry reported figures published in the Greyhound Review. APPROXIMATELY 20,000 GREYHOUNDS BRED FOR DOG RACING WILL DIE THIS YEAR. The Cruelty of Dog Racing : During each stage of their lives, the survival of racing greyhounds depends on their ability to generate money. Injured or ailing dogs are disposed of, or neglected all together. It's cheaper to bring in new stock. Dog racing is a business. Racing greyhounds are warehoused in cages for up to 22 hours each day. Some are kept muzzled constantly. Greyhounds are often transported in a dangerous and negligent manner, and sometimes die en route due to overcrowded, unsafe, or poorly ventilated conditions. Dogs live in overcrowded, stressful conditions which sometimes cause these typically gentle dogs to fight, often leading to terrible wounds and death. Kennel owners often choose to leave wounds untreated to save costs, leading to the large and numerous scars seen on many adopted greyhounds. Denny, rescued from a Massachusetts track after wounds left untreated became Gangrenous. Denny died a short time after his rescue. Daytona Beach News Journal, February 8, 1996 The Cruelty of Dog Racing The Difference Between Greyhound Racing's Propaganda and Reality is like NIGHT AND DAY : The Difference Between Greyhound Racing's Propaganda and Reality is like NIGHT AND DAY Greyhound racing is a fun, harmless sport. Greyhound racers are prized athletes and receive the best of care. Greyhound placement groups nationwide routinely receive racing dogs riddled with both external & internal parasites. open weeping sores, and broken bones. These "athletes" are fed cheap, raw, "4D" meat from diseased livestock. The dogs are caged approx. 18-20 hours a day. Greyhound racing is responsible for the death of an estimated 20,000-25,000 greyhounds each year. Industry Promotional Claims* Reality Slide 6: Abuses of racing greyhounds are isolated and rare. Industry Promotional Claims* Reality From 1990 through 1998, there have been many media- documented cases of cruel treatment of ex-racing dogs including greyhounds shot to death, left to starve, electrocuted, and sold for medical experimentation. Industry insiders report that documented cases represent the tip of the iceberg. Documented "disposal" methods have historically included: -Euthanasia-Sale/donation to medical research-Mass euthanasia -Abandonment (often muzzled)-Gunshot -Sale to racing interests in Third World countries-Starvation -Electrocution-Bludgeoning Slide 7: Industry Promotional Claims* Reality The killing of unwanted greyhounds can be ended by placing them all into homes as pets. Greyhounds make wonderful pets, but adoption can neither eliminate the killing nor the suffering inflicted on these animals under the racing system. There are just too many dogs created by the industry to adopt them all. Logic dictates that racing greyhounds must be well treated, or they would not win races. Greyhound adoption groups continually receive dogs in poor condition- clear evidence that with so many dogs being bred and waiting in the wings, it is simply cheaper to bring in fresh dogs or neglect existing dogs than it is to care for them properly. Slide 8: Greyhound racing is primarily a self-regulated "sport." State oversight is essentially concerned with gambling issues, not animal welfare. Greyhound racing is a regulated "sport." Industry Promotional Claims* Reality The National Greyhound Association (NGA), the governing and registration body for greyhound racing in this country has taken credit for the reduction in the number of dogs bred each year. The number of greyhounds bred has dropped since 1990, primarily as a result of economic hardships impacting breeders as public interest in dog racing has steadily declined. However, despite a drop in breeding and the closure of 14 tracks since 1990, a glut of excess greyhounds remain, as thousands of these dogs must continue to be bred each year in order for large scale dog racing to exist. * These claims are industry representations made by individual track advertisements, articles in the Greyhound Review. the National Greyhound Association (NGA) monthly publication, and comments by NGA directors made in various published articles and letters to the editor supporting the industry's practices (on file). Thanks to the Greyhound Protection League What Does the Racing Industry Have to Say About Rescue Organizations? : “Most greyhounds are turned over to independent adoption groups by their owners or trainers for placement and for the average prospective owner this is probably the best option. These groups are located all over the country so you don't have to live anywhere near a track or farm to be able to get a dog. Unfortunately, the politics of these groups is also all over the map. A few are openly pro-racing and have good connections within the racing community, working hand-in-hand with owners, trainers and farms to find homes for their dogs. They don't try to convince anyone that racing is evil or that the dogs are ill-treated during their careers. Many other groups are what could be called neutral: their policy is to not have a policy regarding racing. While they may have individual volunteers with strong opinions, as an entity they also don't push any anti-racing propaganda. Then we find the openly anti-racing groups. They usually use the pity angle to find homes for the dogs (and donations) and some of them may refuse to place a dog with anyone who doesn't buy into their beliefs.  They have no volunteers with differing opinions. (Many of the neutral groups are off-shoots of these, the new groups started by volunteers who no longer believe the propaganda.) These anti-racing groups should be avoided if a person wants to simply have and enjoy a wonderful pet without being bombarded by myths and misinformation.” Greyhound Racing Association of America What Does the Racing Industry Have to Say About Rescue Organizations? The Statistics : 1989-2000 : Greyhounds Bred by the Industry Number of Litters Born *(NGA): 77,852 Estimated Number Dogs Born: 507,596 Dogs Individually Registered to Race *(NGA): 395,545 Farm Puppies Culled Before Racing: 112,051 As reported by the National Greyhound Association Total Born: Derived by multiplying the total number of litters by an average of 6.52 pups per litter **A liberal estimate of figures from those in the adoption community. 1989-2000 : Greyhounds Killed by the Industry Individually Registered: 395,545 Estimated Greyhounds Adopted**: 113,000 Estimated Dogs Retained For Breeding: 26,500 Racing Dogs Killed: 256,045 Youngsters Culled (from above): 112,051 Total Killed: 368,096 The Statistics The Economics of Dog Racing : According to figures published in International Gaming and Wagering Business (IGWB)*, the total amount of money wagered at dog tracks nationwide fell by 31.9% from 1993 to 1998.** The amount of money bet on live racing dropped 56.9% in the same time period. The total amount wagered on dog racing in 1998 was $2.2 billion -- down from $3.4 billion in 1991.*** (Approximately 80% of this money is returned to the betting public through winning tickets.) After paying out winning tickets, the dog racing industry had revenues (actual consumer spending) of $493.7 million in 1998. The U.S. dog racing industry now holds less than a 1% share of the $54.3 billion U.S. gambling market, according to figures in IGWB. The U.S. dog racing industry has not reported its national attendance figures in several years. Source: Greyhound Network News  *August issues, 1994-1999 **Includes on-track, inter-track, and off-track wagering.***The Greyhound Review, August 1992 ***Florida legislature is now trying to put slot machines at the tracks,to increase the gambling revenue and save this cruel “sport.” The Economics of Dog Racing News Articles - Neglect, Tragedy, and Bodies : GREYHOUND DUMP SITE DISCOVERED USA Today, May 5, 1998 DISMAL END FOR RACE DOGS , ALABAMA AUTHORITIES SAY The New York Times - Thursday , May 23, 2002 LOCAL FOX REPORTER BREAKS STORY ABOUT GREYHOUND KILLING AT NEW HAMPSHIRE TRACK Fox News 38, New Hampshire February 8, 2003 200 ABANDONED GREYHOUNDS WERE RESCUED FROM GREENE TRACKE, ALABAMA Indianapolis Star December 12, 1998 MASSACHUSETTS GREYHOUND OWNER CHARGED WITH SIX COUNTS OF ANIMAL CRUELTY The Boston Globe (2/9/00) 37 GREYHOUNDS WERE DISCOVERED DEAD AND ANOTHER 141 STARVING St. Petersburg Times, July 17, 1993 GREYHOUND CRUSHED TO DEATH DURING A RACE AT RAYNHAM-TAUNTON GREYHOUND PARK The Brockton Enterprise - July 2, 2000 GREYHOUND ELECTROCUTED ON TRACK RAIL IN ALABAMA Birmingham News, June 29, 2000 EIGHT GREYHOUNDS DIED IN THE FOURTH FIRE IN 13 YEARS AT WONDERLAND'S KENNEL COMPOUND Boston Herald, June 20, 1999 GREYHOUNDS FOUND BURIED ON TRACK PROPERTY AT PALM BEACH KENNEL CLUB Palm Beach Post, September 8, 2000 APPROXIMATELY 600-800 GREYHOUNDS FROM THE PENSACOLA FLORIDA TRACK ARE DISPOSED OF EACH YEAR BY A LOCAL ANIMAL SHELTER Pensacola News Journal/ Troy Moon, November 24, 1996 News Articles - Neglect, Tragedy, and Bodies How Many Tracks are Left? : Alabama—3 tracks    Arkansas—1 track    Arizona—3 tracks  Colorado—3 tracks    Connecticut—2 tracks Florida—16 tracks    Iowa—2 tracks    Kansas—2 tracks How Many Tracks are Left? Massachusetts—2 tracksNew Hampshire—3 tracks Oregon—1 trackRhode Island—1 track Texas—3 tracks West Virginia—2 tracks Wisconsin—2 tracks "Greyhound racing depends upon selecting a few highly competitive dogs out of a large group. It hardly seems worth it to me to go through that process of breeding and killing the ones that can't compete, just to have the sport." -Idaho Governor Phil Batt. Idaho Spokesman-Review, March 19, 1996 RESCUEDSafe at Last – But Scarred for Life. : It is commonplace for greyhounds to arrive at rescue facilities covered with fleas and ticks, and riddled with internal parasites such as hook worm and whipworm. Frequently there are injuries and illness that have been left untreated, causing the animal to be crippled by old fractures wounds, and tumorous growths. “Since greyhounds are so valuable, the breeders give tremendous care to their breeding females.” Greyhound Racing Association of America (Note tumors on Laura, a rescued breeding female.) Many greyhounds have been found to carry three potentially serious, but easily treatable, tick-borne diseases (Canine Ehrlichiosis, Canine Babesiosis, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever). Many dogs from the racing industry show evidence of poor nutrition, from mild to extreme starvation. RESCUEDSafe at Last – But Scarred for Life. Adoption has been an option for nearly twenty years and increases as people learn more about the dogs and the industry. WHAT CAN YOU DO? : Don't participate in the cruelty of greyhound racing in any country by attending or betting on dog races.- Tell your friends, family, and coworkers about the tragedy of greyhound racing.- Distribute copies of this information, and sign a petition TODAY! - If your state or neighboring state has a greyhound track, write to state officials to express your opposition to greyhound racing. Tell them that greyhounds belong in loving homes, not on race tracks. Contact The Humane Society for model legislation to ban greyhound racing. - Write Letters to the Editor to let the public know what you have learned. Adopt a retired racer, if you are able to provide a loving and secure home for a fast friend. WHAT CAN YOU DO? WHAT CAN YOU DO? WHY ADOPT A RETIRED RACING GREYHOUND? : Retired Racers Make Fast Friends (but they take their retirement VERY SERIOUSLY!!) Top Ten Reasons to Own a Greyhound   10. They truly know the meaning of retirement.  9. People will stare at your dog instead of at you.  8. They can curl up to the size of a ball if they need to.  7. They can expand to the size of the whole bed if they want to.  6. They don't bark, keeping your neighborhood safe for burglars.  5. You can play their ribs like an air guitar.  4. They are the only dogs that know how to really smile.  3. You can dress them up as a reindeer for Christmas.  2. They are never confused with poodles. 1. A Greyhound in flight is the most amazing sight you'll ever hope to see in your own back yard. WHY ADOPT A RETIRED RACING GREYHOUND? Slide 17: "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." – Mahatma Gandhi, Indian Statesman and Philosopher Pictures Courtesy of: : The Greyhound Protection League Greyhound Racing and Adoptions of Tampa Bay G.R.E.A.T. Care of the Racing Greyhound by Cynthia Brannigan Greyhound Racing Association of America Mikey, Sheila and Rose Schwarz Vince, Jessica, Anchor and Betsy Pictures Courtesy of:

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