Greyhound racing is on the wane. But greyhounds still bred for racing face a lifetime mostly behind bars–in crates, pens, or in fenced enclosures without the love of a family. We can eliminate greyhound racing through education, compassion, and action. You can help greyhounds with a few simple actions.
Greyhounds are at a disadvantage even before they are born. Tens of thousands are bred annually—many more than are needed to race—in an attempt to create the fastest dogs.
Greyhound racing is considered inhumane because of the industry's excessive breeding practices, the often cruel methods by which unwanted dogs are destroyed, the conditions in which many dogs are forced to live, and the killing and maiming of bait animals (like rabbits) during training exercises. Luckily, rescue groups have formed across the country to help unwanted greyhounds find homes, and legislation has been enacted to help end racing in some states.
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October 22, 2013
A coalition of 16 animal protection organizations, led by GREY2K USA, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and The Humane Society of the United States, sent a letter to the Florida House and Senate Gaming Committees, calling for passage of two greyhound protection measures.
April 10, 2013
Florida residents converged on the state capitol Wednesday to lobby for better animal welfare laws. Humane Lobby Day is sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States, GREY2K USA and the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®).
January 17, 2012
Citizens from across Florida participating in Humane Lobby Day will meet with lawmakers at the capitol to urge them to pass SB 382/HB 641, which will remove the state requirement that casinos must offer live greyhound racing, and oppose Section 6 of SB 1184/HB 1021, which would outlaw whistleblowers’ documentation of abuse and illegal activity on factory farms. The Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and GREY2K USA are co-sponsoring Humane Lobby Day.
April 28, 2011
Pennsylvania lawmakers and animal advocates celebrated the launch of House and Senate Animal Protection Caucuses, bipartisan groups of legislators who will work to advance animal protection legislation in the state.
October 23, 2013
The Los Angeles City Council passed a motion directing the city attorney to draft an ordinance to prohibit the use of bullhooks and other tools to inflict pain for the purpose of training and controlling the behavior of elephants used in circuses and traveling shows to take effect in three years.
August 8, 2013
A bill to increase penalties for extreme animal neglect is now law in New Jersey. "Patrick's Law," was named in honor of Patrick, a young dog who endured severe neglect and was found almost starved to death. Patrick's suffering has become emblematic of the need for New Jersey to treat extreme animal neglect with the seriousness it deserves.
July 1, 2013
Kennel owners and operators who commit acts of animal cruelty could be charged with a felony on a first offense, under a bill known as "Nitro's Law" passed by the Ohio legislature.
June 20, 2013
The New Jersey Legislature passed two bills that will strengthen New Jersey's cruelty laws by increasing penalties for extreme animal neglect and will allow certain veterinary students to engage in supervised veterinary activities. The Humane Society of the United States urges Gov. Chris Christie to sign both bills into law.