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Can Greyhound Racing End in Tucson and Phoenix?

When it comes to animals, I have a lot of dreams. One of them is to witness the end of greyhound racing. Imagine a day when this blood sport no longer exists. Well, that moment is close at hand in Arizona.

This is how greyhounds should be treated. (Photo courtesy of Grey2K USA)

Senate Bill 1294, GREY2K USA’s bill to end dog racing in Arizona by December 31, 2010, has been filed by Arizona State Senators Paula Aboud and Jonathan Paton. HB 2637, a bill to immediately ban the use of anabolic steroids in racing greyhounds, has also been filed. Together, these two bills will make history and help thousands of greyhounds in the Grand Canyon state.

Passing Legislation
Your help is needed to pass these groundbreaking pieces of legislation. Christine A. Dorchak, Esq, and president of GREY2K USA, and Kari Nienstedt of the Humane Society of the United States will host organizational meetings in Tucson and Phoenix later this month. At these meetings you will receive information about greyhound racing in Arizona and meet some of the many people who will be working together to end this cruelty.

Okay, but I don’t live in Arizona! You can still help by alerting your friends and family who do. Ask them to attend the meetings. If you can attend, contact Christine at GREY2K USA to find out how you can help.

Tucson
The first meeting will be held on Friday, February 26, at 5:30 p.m. sharp and run till 7:30 p.m. at the State of Arizona Legislative Office, State of Arizona Complex,158 North Building, 400 West Congress Street, Tucson.

Phoenix
A second meeting will be held on Saturday, February 27, at 1:00 p.m. through 3:00 p.m. at Charity Charms Showroom, 4225 Camelback Road, Phoenix.

As long as dog racing continues in Arizona, greyhounds will suffer. More information about the history of dog racing in the state, and to see the latest injury records, visit GREY2K USA.

13 comments to Can Greyhound Racing End in Tucson and Phoenix?

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  • Here’s a thought … WHAT’S THE POINT of racing greyhounds?? I suppose one could say the same thing about other endeavors, such as marathoning or boxing for example. The difference is that HUMANS GET TO CHOOSE the “sport” they want to inflict on themselves, whereas DOGS DO NOT. What if we devised a race in which people were plucked off the street and MADE to run around a track. Over and over. Until they weren’t physically able to do it any more. Of course we wouldn’t do that to people … so why do we feel it’s ok to do it to another sentient being. It’s not sport, it’s asinine.

  • Thanks Rod. As I said in my post, I am waiting for the day when this sport no longer exists. And I agree that if you want to box or take part in any other sport, that’s fine, as long as you do it willingly. Forcing dogs to race is shameful.

  • Thanks for covering a topic that, as a Tucson resident, is near and dear to my heart. Several good friends have been working hard to get greyhound racing banned in the state. I plan to go to the Tucson meeting and urge all of those who can’t to do what you urge: Go to the Grey2K USA site that you posted the link to.

  • So glad you are supporting GREY2K USA and going to the meeting. I’m in NJ, and thankfully we don’t have greyhound racing here. The goal is to get rid of the sport everywhere.

  • Hilary

    I will be at the Tucson, and I will bring friends.

  • Faith

    I will let my friends and family in Arizona know about these meetings. We have to help the greyhounds.

  • Thanks so much for posting this, Michele, and thanks to everyone else for their comments and support of the greyhounds. If racing ends in Arizona, one of the two worst tracks in the country will be closed – Tucson Greyhound Park. That track and every other one in the U.S. cannot close soon enough for me.

    As Edie wrote, if you don’t happen to be located in Arizona, there are still many ways to help the greyhounds. There are 23 operational tracks in 8 states, and GREY2K USA will continue to work to close every last one of them. Please visit http://www.GREY2KUSA.org to learn more about how you can support our efforts.

  • Thanks Jennifer, You and everyone at GREY2K USA are working so hard to end your jobs! It’s great what you are doing for the greyhounds.

  • Noreen Marshall

    I totally agree – it is a dream of mine to see all greyhound racing end forever!!!! No animal should have to race for their lives or live in a small crate day after day only to be turned out maybe 3 or 4 times a day if that. Animals have feelings too – we can choose what we want to do or not do as humans but animals do not have that option. So we as humans must be the voices of all animals & stop the crueltry of racing dogs. Yes, it is true, greyhounds love to race but they would enjoy it more racing around their backyard instead of a track. Greyhound racing is a brutual sport where injuries are hidden, mistreatment of the dogs is covered up & where the life of a greyhound is nothing short of HELL unless they are lucky enough to find their “forever home” as someone’s beloved pet & family member.

  • I’m jumping in late here, but I just wanted toss my vote in for banning greyhound racing nationwide and worldwide. It’s time.
    As I’ve said on many occasions of late – greyhound racing is nothing more than a glorified puppy mill operation.

    Tom Grady
    Cape Fear Critters Blog

  • Heya! Appreciation for the truly amazing write-up. Stay the best! 😉

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