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450 Former Racing Greyhounds Need Homes After Alabama Race Track Closes Due to Pandemic

By Sharon Vega


Greyhound racing is a cruel industry. The dogs spend most of the day in crates stacked on top of each other with little to no access to medical care. They’re almost always muzzled and contagious diseases spread easily among them. The conditions at the racetracks are also dangerous. The worst part, though, is that when they are no longer “useful,” they are sent off to slaughter. However, one good thing to come out of the pandemic is the end of racing at Birmingham Greyhound Racing.

The Alabama racetrack has been hosting live greyhound racing events for almost three decades and had to make the decision to stop during the pandemic. Unfortunately, they didn’t make the decision because they realized how unethical it was and inhumane to the animals. It was a financial decision.

However, the good news is that their 450 former racing dogs are up for adoption!

They hope to reopen the track in May, but there is no guarantee that they will be able to do so. Hopefully, greyhounds will be able to enjoy being in a loving home rather than being exploited and forced to race.

Alabama was actually one of the only states in the United States to host live greyhound racing events. Animal Wellness Action executive director Marty Irby says he’s “elated to see this archaic and abusive enterprise cross the finish line in my home state for good.”

Apparently, the Birmingham Race Course has an adoption program with connections around the nation and there are plenty of people in Canada and New England interested in adopting. They will also place some dogs in convalescent homes and service organizations.


Sign this petition calling for an end to greyhound racing in the United States!



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