Bullet’s story highlights horrors of greyhound racing

The Palm Beach Post ran a very nice article yesterday about Bullet, a “retired” racing greyhound. He will be honored Saturday as the “grand marshal” of a parade.

But the story also reports Bullet suffered a broken leg, ending his racing days. And he has recently faced two surgeries and multiple chemo treatments after being diagnosed with cancer.

So Bullet really is representative of two of the horrors of racing – the injuries and poor breeding practices. For example, studies have shown racing greyhound suffer osteosarcoma at a rate higher than for ANY OTHER breed of dog – large or small. I know of one family that lost three adopted greys to cancer.

By the way , I put the word ‘retired’ in quotes in the lead paragraph because it’s not like any greyhound would ever choose racing as a career or have a choice of when to retire. And they certainly don’t get a retirement package, as thousands are killed each year when they are “retired” and the industry sends the others away to add to the overall homeless dog population, within rescue groups across the country.

And the industry certainly does NOT cover the cost of their cancer treatments or other health issues the industry leaves them with. That is left to people who kindly adopt them.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you..really informative!!

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  2. Posted by matt peake on February 12, 2011 at 2:51 am

    animals are NOT here for our “amusement” this is a sick and disturbing industry-

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    • Posted by Tom Grady on February 12, 2011 at 10:25 am

      There is something cold about the way dogs are discarded by this industry. Greed is naturally cold and when greed takes over a person’s thoughts, the moral compass of compassion is covered over in a lonely part of the brain.

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  3. Posted by Caryn on February 12, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Thank you, Tom, for addressing this aspect of greyhound racing.

    Adoption is a wonderful place for ex-racing greyhounds and adopters, but it is not without remnants of the cruelty the greyhounds endured as racers. As a long-time adopter, I have seen our own greyhounds exhibit grace under pressure during illness, fear, insecurities.

    Thank goodness the public becomes more aware day by day of the exploitation of gentle greyhounds by a greed-driven business.

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