Actually, it turns out it's a little different than what you'd imagine. You'll be locked up in a tiny space, barely enough to turn around in, and it's always dark in there. The meals - well, let's just say they're filled with meat that came from sick or diseased sources. You'll be wearing this contraption on your head that drives you so insane, you're likely to literally chew it off. Then, there's the work - it's hard, draining, and you'd better be super-fantastic at it or you're out the door.
Not quite what you'd expect, is it?
The sad truth for greyhounds, despite laws passed which prohibit excessive confinement, dietary disgraces, cruel treatment in general, is that so many dogs still live a life of misery. GREY2K USA paid investigators to get into the Tucson, AZ, Greyhound Park. The grounds are surrounded by barbed wire and a guard shack.
This past August, when they finally got in, they witnessed muzzled greyhounds in stacked cages with nothing but a scrap of carpet for beds and learned that these dogs were being fed raw 4D meat (Dead, Dying, Diseased, Down/Disabled). The state of Arizona passed a law in 2008, known as the Tucson Dog Protection Act, which forbids constant confinement and raw, diseased meat. Helloooo?! Still up to the usual state of business, at least at some parks, that's for sure.
38 states have outlawed commercial dog racing. This past year the states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire joined this list. Kudos to those states. In five additional states all racetracks have closed, though there are no laws enacted to prohibit them. A total of 25 tracks have closed just since 2001. That leaves 7 states where racing is legal, and active: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Iowa, Texas and West Virginia.
And apparently, legislating guidelines and restrictions do nothing to curb cruel treatment; it's past the time for the remaining states to outlaw this heinous treatment of such beautiful, gentle creatures. The ASPCA stands behind the efforts of GREY2K USA and the welfare of all racing dogs.
Our society is long-past the days of forced racing or fighting of our fellow creatures just for kicks.