Kansas: Racing Greyhounds Need Your Voice!
KS H.B. 2322—Re-Opening Greyhound Racing
ASPCA Position: Oppose
Action Needed: None at this time.
Update—May 23, 2016: Good news, advocates. The bill didn't pass the Legislature before adjournment, so it is dead for the session. Thanks to all of you who made calls and sent emails to make your voices heard on this issue!
Greyhound racing is widely recognized as an intolerably cruel relic of the past, and with attendance at all-time lows, tracks nationwide are shutting down for good. The last of Kansas’s three dog tracks closed its doors in 2008.
Yet, unbelievably, this bill, which was backed by Greyhound racing promoters, would have funneled millions in slot machine profits into bringing back dog racing. This bill would be an atrocity for racing dogs, who suffer on and off the track.
Greyhounds forced to race routinely experience terrible injuries such as broken legs, cardiac arrest, spinal cord paralysis and broken necks. Dogs caught up in this cruel industry spend their lives warehoused in stacked kennels for 20 or more hours a day, or are kept outdoors in dirty pens with minimal shelter. What’s more, thousands of Greyhound dogs are killed every year merely because they lack winning potential, were injured while racing or are simply deemed no longer competitive.
Subsidizing cruelty in this way is not only inhumane, it's fiscally irresponsible. This attempt to prop up a cruel, failing industry will only cost the state money—we can’t let this happen.