Many of us were first introduced to the sad reality of greyhound racing in a Christmas episode of The Simpsons where Homer goes to the racetrack to win money for Christmas presents but ends up adopting a greyhound who was mercilessly discarded like garbage after he did not win a race. The lovable greyhound named Santa’s Little Helper won over the hearts of the Simpsons kids and America alike and showed us how valuable adoption is.
Although the tale of Santa’s Little Helper is fictional, the truth it reveals is a sad reality. Like horses used in racing, greyhounds are discarded like objects when they no longer win races and bring in a profit. In addition to this, the greyhound racing industry is riddled with corruption, including the doping of greyhounds with cocaine.
Recognizing greyhound racing as cruel and inhumane, most states in the U.S. do not conduct these races. In fact, according to a news brief on Care2, only six states, Iowa, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas, West Virginia, and Florida still conduct greyhound racing, with Florida being home to twelve of the nineteen remaining greyhound tracks in the country. The report states 383 greyhounds died at racetracks in Florida in the past four years, yet the practice is still allowed.
However, there is a glimmer of hope for greyhounds, as one of the oldest greyhound tracks in the country at Magic City Casino in Miami, Florida has announced they will be putting an end to greyhound racing!
In its place will be jai-alai competitions with willing human participants. According to the Miami Herald, this is the first time a pari-mutuel gambling facility has ended animal racing while still being allowed to conduct other types of gambling, like slot machines.
We are happy to hear this news and hope it is a sign for more victories to come. This type of “entertainment” has been losing favor with people as the truth behind the industry is revealed, and reportedly, attendance for greyhound racing in Florida dropped 50 percent between 2006 and 2014. All tracks will be forced to close once people stop supporting them, so please be sure to share this with your network to educate your friends and family about the realities of the racing industry!
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