Note to Politicians: Horseracing Is Dogracing; Dogracing Is Horseracing

“The Greyhound Protection Act” is a federal bill that would forever eradicate the scourge of dogracing in this country. (Dogracing is already banned on moral grounds in 41 states; by the end of next year there will be but two tracks left in the entire nation, both in West Virginia.) We, of course, applaud this measure and commend the group most responsible: GREY2K. Here are some of the quotes from advocates and politicians in support. I’m sure you can guess where I’m going with this.

“Dog racing is cruel from start to finish. This is an antiquated industry with a compulsion for cruelty.” – Christine Dorchak, president, GREY2K USA

“Greyhound racing is cruel and must end. These docile animals are kept in stacked cages for 20 hours or more a day and are subjected to brutal training practices and races, facing the risk of injury and death at every turn. … I am always committed to always speaking up for the voiceless.” – Rep. Tony Cárdenas, CA

“Greyhound racing has an inhumane track record.” – Rep. Michael Waltz, FL

“As a longtime animal protection advocate, I support the effort to responsibly end this inhumane sport.” – Rep. Steve Cohen, TN

“Florida was once the mecca of greyhound racing before the state voted overwhelmingly to end this cruel and inhumane practice. The Greyhound Protection Act is the last lap in transitioning us away from this traumatic sport and finally treating these dogs with compassion.” – Rep. Elvira Salazar, FL

“Greyhound racing is an outdated practice that promotes animal cruelty.” – Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, PA

Then this from Animal Wellness Action:

“Dogs used for racing are kept confined…for up to 23 hours a day. When let out to race, they suffer serious injuries including broken legs and backs, crushed skulls, and paralysis. State records also show greyhounds testing for serious drugs, including cocaine and anabolic steroids.”

Everything said above, of course, applies in spades to horseracing. In fact, I would argue that horseracing is, and always has been, worse because of the multiple thousands of “retired” horses being bled-out and butchered every year. And this in addition to the over 2,000 being killed on track and the hundreds more perishing in their stalls. The case is open and shut. Now all we need is some legislators with a bit of courage. (Piling on against dogracing is, at this juncture, wholly unimpressive.)

One final point: The aforementioned Animal Wellness Action, a nonprofit whose mission is “to prevent cruelty to animals,” is not against horseracing; one of their “partners” on horse issues is The Jockey Club, an organization synonymous with American horseracing. In other words, if you support us, do not support them.

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  1. The horse racing creeps are getting as hostile and defensive as the greyhound racing creeps got when their sick game started getting abolished. No awareness nor sensitivity toward the tens of thousands of animals their greedy industry killed. No concern that their cruelty is what turned the public against them. No remorse for profiting on the slavery of dead dogs and gambling addicts.
    Just a lot of bile-spewing antagonism toward those who would (and will) take away their livelihoods of animal abuse.

  2. God forbid…..that would mean having to go out in the world and get a REAL J.O.B. The todd’s and bob’s of the world can’t possibly maintain their lifestyle? Now could they? Feel pity for these poor innocent men! They are doing the best they can!

  3. I recently read an article about Greyhounds; basically all Greyhounds have hookworms. If a Greyhound tests negative, it means that the hookworms are clinging to the tissues inside and once they progress in their life cycle, the dog will eventually test positive for hookworms. All the drugs they have to kill hookworms are not working anymore because the hookworms have mutated to that point. (It reminds me of MERSA.)
    I’m not sure if there is an illness, disease or parasite that horses get that is on the same level of hookworms in Greyhounds. It’s significant because of the way the animals are kept confined, in close proximity to each other, and in Greyhounds the soil is sandy. Sandy soil is ideal for the hookworms to continue to reproduce and spread.
    If there is an illness or a parasite in horses, especially racehorses confined to box stalls 23 hours a day, et cetera, I don’t know what it is. Is there a virus, bacteria, or parasite in horses that has mutated to resist all known treatments?

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