Arizona To Ban Greyhound Racing by End of 2016
The sport of betting on greyhound racing is on its last legs in the United States. The state of Arizona plans to ban the cruel practice by the end of this year.
Many who attend Greyhound dog races and bet on what they hope to be the winning dog believe that the dogs absolutely live for this sport. They may even utter the words “they’re bred for this!”, knowing little to nothing about the cruelties they and other animals face behind the scenes.
Just to give you an example, many different types of small animals are used as “bait” to get the dogs to run (such as rabbits, possums and even kittens) and they never make it out alive. Also, once the dogs retire (mostly due to injuries like broken legs, backs and head trauma), they don’t exactly have happy endings, to say the least.
These are just a few reasons why the Senate is reportedly eager to pass the ban after Arizona’s Senate Finance Committee unanimously agreed to make it illegal. If the practice becomes illegal, it will make horse racing the only live sport in the state. Horse racing is not without its cruelties either, but we’ll take it one step at a time. For now, the dogs at Arizona’s only Greyhound racing track (the Tucson Greyhound Park) will soon have their day of freedom.
Currently, there are still many states where Greyhound racing is legal – Oregon, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Texas, Arkansas, Iowa, Alabama, Florida, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Of those listed, six have active tracks; these include Iowa, Arkansas, Alabama, Florida and West Virginia and Arizona, the state in question.
There were a total of 819 injuries alone at Tucson Greyhound Park reported 2008, 2009 and from June 2013 through July 2015 according to a report made by Grey2K USA. Furthermore, the park was under investigation after several of their athlete dogs died due to “fatal illness.” The investigators found that the dogs were being kept in tiny cages and were muzzled nearly all the time.
The Greyhound racing world is a cruel one and hopefully, with Arizona soon banning the awful practice, the remaining states where Greyhound racing is still legal will also change legislation.