For years the cruel sport of greyhound racing has been steadily losing popularity in the United States, but several tracks still persist. With the recent announcement from representatives at the Gulf Greyhound Park, it seems the sport may be headed towards a welcomed extinction in the country. Gulf Greyhound Park, one of the last remaining major Greyhound racetracks in the Unites States, announced last week that they have scheduled to close their racing track by the end of 2015. This is seen as a huge step towards ending the sport once and for all.
Greyhound racing has been recognized as a cruel sport for some time. Countless animal activists have show how track owners and dog breeders have treated Greyhounds as nothing more than disposable running machines. Although there are a number of organizations that rehome racing Greyhounds around the world (such as GREY2K USA, Retired Greyhound Trust, and Give a Greyhound a Home (GAGAH) ), statistics still show that thousands of dogs are still shot down the minute they can no longer perform. Worse yet, prime racing dogs are often casualties of starvation and dehydration at the track while in 2008 alone, more than 11,700 Greyhounds suffered injuries such as heart attacks, heatstroke, fractured skulls, broken legs, and broken necks.
Thankfully, Greyhound racing is already banned in 39 states and even in remaining states where it is still legal, there are no open tracks due to lack of a profitable customer base. With the industry going obsolete, it seems the Greyhound is finally on its way to becoming a regular household breed instead of a cruelly abused commodity. That is, at least they are in the United States, Greyhound racing may be declining all over the world, but it is still present in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa with the United Kingdom still operating a staggering 389 tracks both regulated and independent compared to the 22 that remain in the United States.