Shelter Impact: The Horrors of Greyhound Racing


Greyhound racing is one of the oldest forms of gambling there is and for what might be fun and entertainment for the few, the many that actually suffer are the dogs that are forced into these conditions. The so-called ‘sport’ is a shock to any animal lover, and it has a huge impact on the shelters across the United Kingdom.

The reality is that greyhound racing comes with dogs being kept in kennels for long periods, alone with injuries, there’s demanding training, drug abuse, neglect, illness and with this comes more deaths than should be allowed for the sake of gambling.

Thousands of dogs that become surplus to requirements are left for dead or abandoned. There is only profit for those with no care and for the greyhounds that are no longer fit to compete are left to be picked up by shelters.  

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Greyhound racing is a business, an industry that has a sole focus on making money and profits. The dogs that are no longer able to race through injury or even underperformance, are discarded on a ‘kill to order’ basis. There are mass graves where dogs are dumped and further reports in the UK speak of the horrifying conditions these animals suffer in.

Government regulations in 2010 addressed many of the issues and problems about the woeful inadequacy within the sport and the gambling that takes part. Here are the shocking facts behind greyhound racing within the UK and before we share this with you, let us not forget that horseracing also is not without its problems. Betting on animals is just plain wrong, immoral (such as betting on roulette wheel but even worst), and unfortunately, all too human not humane.

* Dogs used for racing spent 95% of their time inside small kennels with no social contact and if they are paired up, they are constantly muzzled which is further distress for them to bare.

* Neglected dogs will contract worms, fleas, ticks, injuries, dental problems and malnutrition that all go untreated. The current sanctions against such treatment are ineffectual and feeble, as the treatment of one dog in these conditions should be enough to change the policy hanging over the rest of them. Alas, we’re in 2020 and nothing is changing.

* Inadequate maintenance of the racing facilities leads to many painful injuries and very often, lethal ones. Broken backs and fractured limbs have all been recorded by shelters that have been burdened with the recovery of post-sporting animals. Why is this not well publicised? Mainly because the racing industry is legally allowed to keep the records of injured dogs a secret.

* Annually, 10,000 dogs are seen as unfit for purpose. 8,000 of these dogs are retired racers, the remaining 2,000 are younger greyhounds that didn’t meet the demanding standards the owners put on them.

* Despite the efforts of British charities trying their best to re-home, simply thousands go unaccounted for, left abandoned and some killed, whilst others are sold of dissection.

How We Can All Help Make This Stop

The problem is this is a self-regulated industry, they are above law and it needs to end. In the past, there have been many efforts to seek proper jurisdiction over the sport, to make it regulated, to make records public, to have a database of dogs that records birth, retirement and death. This was an approach to achieve some progress, but the government and the industry STILL continue to pursue their own selfish needs.

Please sign this petition, 100,000 signatures are needed for this to be discussed in parliament. If your area hosts a racing track, contact your local MP and raise the concerns. Also, share this page with those that are unaware of the treatment and let’s make gambling on animals something that ceases in the generations ahead.