Greyhounds: The Cruelty Of Racing

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Social, loyal, smart, quizzical, shy, very sensitive & surprisingly gentle –Greyhounds are GORGEOUS dogs !

They are also fantastic watch dogs –they’ll “watch” everything, they just don’t always protect it!

As a result of the greyhounds’ non-aggressive nature they don’t really make the best guard dogs, however their sheer size and appearance is intimidating to many and when they do bark it sounds threatening and imposing enough toward off any intruders, even if it really is just an excited friendly greeting!

Racing cruelty

Sadly, greyhounds (along withPit Bulls) are some of the most exploited dogs on the planet – used for racing and often treated with cruelty. Many countries like Australia, Ireland, Macau, Mexico, Spain, the UK and the US, greyhound racing is part of the gambling industry (like horse racing). If the dogs are not found to be good racers, or too old to race, they are killed in their tens of thousands every year.


An Australian expose found terrible cases of cruelty in the Greyhound Industry. To encourage greyhounds to race faster, animals such as piglets, possums and rabbits are used as live bait on the track. These poor innocent ‘baits’ are tied, alive and terrified, to lures before being mauled to death.

Greyhounds are also rumoured to be drugged with cocaine, caffeine and anabolic steroids.

The Australian greyhound racing industry exports hundreds of greyhounds to supply and stimulate racing industries in other countries.

Greyhound racing also exists in NewZealand, South Africa (illegally), United Kingdom and United States.

Saving Greyhounds

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Good news! The Australian state of NSW is banning greyhound racing* after a government inquiry found overwhelming evidence of systemic animal cruelty, including mass greyhound killings and live baiting. Shortly after the announcement,  the Australian Capital Territory said they’d ban it too. Hopefully it will continue to be banned around the world.

Many animal rescue groups around the world are saving and re-homing Greyhounds. If you’re thinking of adopting a dog – a Greyhound is a wonderful choice.


Post By : Meet Prajapati

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