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Greyhound Racing is a Dying Business

By Michele C. Hollow of Pet News and Views

The House Committee on Commerce voted in favor of a bill that will reduce greyhound racing at Tucson Greyhound Park (TGP) from 50 weeks to 100 days each year. Senate Bill 1273 is now headed for a plenary vote in the full House.

According to Christine A. Dorchak, President and General Counsel for GREY2K USA, a national non-profit organization dedicated to passing stronger greyhound protection laws and ending the cruelty of dog racing, “The language of the bill creates a two-step process in which first the track drops to just 100 days of racing and then after February 2013, may go to end dog racing entirely.”

Image courtesy of GREY2K USA.

SB 1273 also eliminates a state law which requires TGP to hold greyhound races year round, including the hottest days of summer and the coldest days of winter.

Christine is quite optimistic. She believes this legislation means the beginning of the end of live dog racing in Arizona. “Where there were once five tracks in Arizona, now there is just one.” 

Thanks to the GREY2K USA Team

• In 2011 – South Africa announced it will not introduce dog racing, following the recommendation of GREY2K USA and advocates worldwide.

• In 2010 – the Rhode Island and New Hampshire legislatures passed their bills to prohibit dog racing.

• Also in 2010, GREY2K USA helped draft a prohibition of dog racing which became law in the U.S. Territory of Guam.

• More than two dozen dog tracks have closed or ended dog racing since GREY2K USA’s formation in 2001.

• In 38 states, commercial dog racing is illegal.

• Since GREY2K USA’s formation in 2001, the dog racing industry has been cut in half.

For more information on the progress and initiatives that GREY2K USA is working on click here.

18 comments to Greyhound Racing is a Dying Business

  • Ellen

    I’m waiting for the next article that will say greyhound racing ends in AZ and other parts of the world.

  • Molly

    GREY2K USA is such an outstanding nonprofit. I love that they are trying to put themselves out of business closing greyhound racetracks. What a good selfless bunch of people.

  • Hi Ellen,

    No waiting allowed. : )

    Please join in and help. Contact the governor of each dog racing state, especially Jan Brewer of Arizona, and ask them to support legislation to end dog racing. http://grey2kusa.org/action/gov.html

    Together, we can end the cruelty of dog racing. Thanks Michele for this wonderful post educating people about our continuing efforts.

    Christine A. Dorchak, Esq.
    President, GREY2K USA

  • Diane

    It’s a start. Now, let’s see the end of greyhound racing.

  • Val Wolf

    Hello Michele,

    Thank you so much for this fabulous blog! What a tremendous service you are doing for animals!

    We at GREY2K USA are so very grateful to all our Supporters from around the globe who have joined in the fight to end dog racing!

    VWolf, Board Member GREY2K USA

  • While this is good news, it will be great news when you post that greyhound racing no longer exists.

  • Tina

    Great news about the greyhounds. I have two rescues and they are the best.

  • Paul

    Like your other readers said, this is the start of good news. It will be better when greyhound racing ceases.

  • P Elizabeth

    What great news!!!! I love that you have your finger on the pulse of the animal world.
    I can’t wait to read that “Puppy Mills are a Dying Business.” 🙂
    Thanks so much for keeping your loyal readers informed.

  • Karen

    Thanks for sharing Michele. good news

  • Larry

    Christine Dorchak and Carey Theil are doing a great job.

  • Heather

    I just shared, and I’m also a fan of GREY2K USA.

  • Belkis

    Yay for GREY2K USA!

  • Maryanne

    I support GREY2K USA’s efforts. They have done a great job closing racetracks.

  • Lara

    GREY2K USA thank you! I have 2 rescue greyhounds.

  • Harry

    I think there are 7 states that has live Greyhound racing. I want to see 0 states with greyhound racing. What a barbaric sport.

  • Carrie

    I’ve been following your GREY2K USA stories because I have a rescued greyhound who is the sweetest dog ever.

  • Alice

    Yay for GREY2K USA! It will be even better news when Tucson Greyhound Park closes completely.