Pro dog-racing site inadvertently makes the case for shutting the industry down

The Daily Racing Form website ran a blog post Thursday night, paying tribute to a greyhound that died the day before from osteosarcoma, a cancer that is a big problem in the racing line of these great dogs.

The writer reports Badger Popeye went to live with his sibling after he “retired.” Both dogs, from the same litter, ended up losing their lives to osteosarcoma. The sibling, Badge died two years ago at age 9.

It is important to note that the writer admits racing greyhounds face osteosarcoma at a rate of over 35 percent. He also notes Popeye spent his final weeks at home, enjoying the time with his family.

Here you have two major arguments for shutting the doors on greyhound racing. First – the rate of cancer in racing greyhounds is alarming and it’s not just happening for senior dogs. Nine years is far too short a life span for a dog.

The pro-racing crowd will try to brush this topic off the table in comparing the cancer and death rates to other breeds. But, as I’ve pointed out before, comparing one set of poor breeding practices to another doesn’t say much for either one.

Let’s leave breeding to the breeders who take cancer and genetics into account in their practices.

Then we have the statement that Popeye enjoyed the time with family, living in a home. Exactly! This is where dogs SHOULD be living, not caged up over 20 hours each day in a warehouse setting somewhere, when they’re not being forced to risk life and limb on the track.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by April on January 20, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    It’s all about the $$$. They could care less about these sweet dogs. Please educate your friends and family — going to the track IS supporting dog racing…indirectly. I’m amazed at how many I talk to tell me and then I see the light bulb go off in their head. “I didn’t think of it that way.” Less consumers spending $$$ at the track, bye bye dog racing. 🙂


  2. Posted by April on January 20, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Correction — going to the track and NOT betting on the dogs is still supporting dog racing, indirectly, is what I meant to say. Eating there, drinking, playing Keno, the slots, etc. — it still props up dog racing! Let’s kill it — the sooner the better.


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