American Congressman Wants End of Greyhound Racing

This week Rep. Tony Cardenas out of California introduced legislation that would effectively outlaw greyhound racing within the United States of America.

Rep. Cardenas' bill would amend the existing Wire Act to block gambling on greyhound horse races as well as open-field coursing. This would effectively stop the activity, which in its own right has dwindled in popularity over the years. As of August 11th, there are only four greyhound tracks in the States, with two located in West Virginia, and one each in Iowa and Texas. The racing is already illegal in 41 states, and many that haven't outlawed it don't have active tracks.

In a statement Cardenas wrote: "Greyhound racing is cruel and must end. My bill allows for a sensible wind-down of an already-declining industry that will ultimately outlaw greyhound racing. As a longtime animal welfare advocate, I am committed to always speaking up for the voiceless."

There has been some debate as to whether this ban should be decided on a federal level, or whether its something that should be decided on a state-by-state basis. West Virginia Rep. David McKinley is one of those on the other side of the aisle. He is of the opinion that: "The state should hold the authority to decide if greyhound racing should continue. This really isn't a federal issue. In recent years there has been a vigorous debate in the West Virginia Legislature about the future of greyhound racing. Given the potential impact on West Virginia jobs and our local economy, that is the appropriate venue for this discussion."

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12 August 2020 - 5:18pm
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I've honestly never seen greyhound racing anywhere in the States. I think the closest I've come is the episode of the Simpsons where they get their dog from the track. Is this something that's big in other parts of the world?

I'm also curious about the cruelty of the racing that's mentioned here. Is there something I'm missing, or is this exactly like horse racing, save for the fact that there's nobody on the dogs' backs kicking them?

I don't really care either way, but it is something I thought about when I read this.

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13 August 2020 - 5:20am
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I've never seen greyhound racing but there is a large greyhound race track near me.

Around 2016, the government banned greyhound racing in NSW, it was in response to an inquiry into the industry where they found evidence of mass greyhound killings and live baiting - so similar concerns as outlined above. But the government did a U-turn on the ban after much lobbying from the industry. After the ban there were a lot of greyhounds being adopted as family pets.

I don't get the whole horse racing thing and definitely not interested in greyhound racing. But I don't like the idea of animals being treated cruelly for our 'entertainment'.

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13 August 2020 - 12:21pm
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Yeah I hear ya, Klaw. Racing as a whole I don't understand, either. Race cars are another thing I don't get. I'm only interested to see the crash highlights on TV (man that's a morbid thing to write).

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13 August 2020 - 1:27pm
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I thought that Hound dog racing was one of the favorites in US.
Actually, I really want to see the dog racing some, just because I love dogs 🙂
Instead, I would have to be satisfied with Crafts speed competition 🙂

Probably, long ago, I picked up the word Hound Dog from this song.
Just now laughing reading the lyrics. I kind of thought that this song was about the Hound Dog racing or something 😂 😂

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13 August 2020 - 3:17pm
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Robert Fink claims that "Hound Dog" as performed by Presley was intended as a "witty multiracial piece of sygnifyin' humor, troping off white overreactions to a black sexual innuendo"😉

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Oh man, I always thought the phrase 'hound dog' had something to do with hopeless blokes hanging around girls....but looking up urban dictionary and the phrase has been appropriated for a WHOLE range of sexual references. 😳🤭😂😂

The mind boggles! Gee I feel old!

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Yeah they have greyhound racing here like klaw said. It's a pretty sick industry. They train the dogs by tying a live rabbit or some other animal to the mechanical arm thing and have the dogs chase it and they tear it apart when they catch it. Then when they race they have a fake rabbit on the arm that the dogs all chase. I don't think the dogs are treated well if they get old or injured and can't race any more either.

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17 August 2020 - 4:16pm
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Whenever I see one of these dogs in the adoption phase (post-retirement) their trauma is always evident. Frankly, I'm glad to hear how unpopular it is in the US...I had assumed it was more widespread based on its popularity here in Australia.

I have never bet on a greyhound race and never will.

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Yeah, now learning about it a bit from you guys, it does sound gross. I haven't been a fan of horse racing due to someone kicking those things in the ribs while they ride on them. I didn't know the greyhounds were treated so bad.

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