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Greyhound dog racing is on its last lap in the United States. Few people are taking an interest in the “sport” and the industry is all but facing collapse as public awareness of cruel and inhumane practices involved in dog racing increases and other forms of gambling become more accessible. In fact, only six states still have active dog tracks, and that number is about to go down to five.

In the latest blow to this barbaric industry, the state of Arizona’s Senate Finance Committee unanimously agreed to make the practice illegal at the end of 2016, pending the approval from the Senate, which its members are reportedly anxious to pass.  If it passes, it would leave horse racing as the only live sport in the state. According to news reports, even the last remaining track’s owners are willing to support the measure, signaling good news for Greyhounds.

In the world of Greyhound racing, where dogs are too often abused and injured, the impending end of this cruel sport is a true victory. Racing Greyhounds commonly suffer from broken legs, head trauma, electrocution, and broken backs. This is especially good news for the dogs at Arizona’s Tucson Greyhound Park, the only track still in business in the state. According to Grey 2K USA, there were 819 greyhound injuries reported at Tucson Greyhound Park reported in 2008, 2009 and from June 2013 through July 2015. Just earlier this month, the park was under investigation for its treatment of their “athletes” after several incidents of fatal illnesses. Investigators found the dogs to be kept in tiny cages with their mouths muzzled nearly all the time.

With the looking passage of this legislation, it is clear that this cruel “sport” will soon be history.

To learn more about Greyhound racing in your state, click here. Want to help make a difference for racing dogs? Check out Grey 2K USA and keep up to date on their latest victories on their Facebook page.

Image source: Rainer Hungershausen/Flickr

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106 comments on “Victory for Dogs! Arizona One Step Away From Greyhound Racing Ban”

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Vix N Nitro
6 Months Ago

Lauren Riester Pinchbeck

Regie Elizabeth Greywolf
6 Months Ago

I agree , stop the abuse Now!

Bonnie Gillis Dugan
6 Months Ago

Greyhound racing is totally cruel & then they are thrown away like trash if don't perform....sweet breed.

Jeanete Johnson
6 Months Ago

Az isn't the only state with a problem. Look at the Kentucky Derby for just one example. There needs to be a ban on all animal exploitation at the Federal level, including big ag. No puppy mills, no fur farms, no exploitation period.

Wendy Little
6 Months Ago

They need to be no steps away. These dogs need to be able to live like dogs, as pets. They need to love and be loved and have exercise time and rest time and never have to race again.

Emilee R. Pulliam
6 Months Ago

So fucking wrong!!

Garrett Stout
6 Months Ago

Love the races

Holly Marra
6 Months Ago

Needs banned asap! Cruel.

Sondra Shaw Hardy
6 Months Ago

In Hilton Head I have seen some of these dogs who were rescued. So sad.

Donna Roman
6 Months Ago

Good I don't think they should have it anymore


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