Greyhound racing is being phased out in Arkansas, according to ABC News. Southland Casino Racing in east Arkansas released its plan to end greyhound racing by 2022 at its track. The casino reached an agreement with the Arkansas Greyhound Kennel Association and the plan was approved by the Arkansas Racing Commission.

The longer term phaseout helps account for those with jobs and avoids disruption to the industry. The Southland Casino will still operate as a casino, but will not have greyhound racing. When it closes, there will be no more greyhound tracks in the state. Southland opened in 1956.

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1,200 greyhounds currently race at the track. The time up until closure will be used to find them adoptive homes. Southland President David Wolf said of the adoptions, “We know it’s going to take time to adopt out the greyhounds, and our commitment is to make sure every greyhound that has raced at Southland finds its forever home.”

West Virginia lawmakers are expected to bring forward legislation in 2020 to end greyhound racing in their state. According to a press release sent to One Green Planet by Animal Wellness Action, greyhound racing is illegal in 41 states.

Animal rights groups are thrilled with the closure. Wayne Pacelle, founder of Animal Wellness Action, said in the press release statement, “We applaud Southland and its parent company Delaware North for getting this deal over the finish line. This is a short phase-out, and it’s good for dogs and for Southland and its reputation.”

Read more about animal rights in One Green Planet. Read about California’s recent fur ban. To learn more about the cruel greyhound racing industry, read Greyhound Racing is Anything but Fun for the Dogs and 4 Facts About the Lives of Greyhounds in Racing Industry. You can also speak up by signing this petition to end greyhound racing worldwide.

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