Arizona Governor Signs Legislation to End Dog Racing
According to the ASPCA there are more than 20 dog racing tracks still operational in the US. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s decision to sign legislation bringing an end to the state’s involvement in the “sport” will mean this number is starting to decline. The legislation ensures that dog racing will come to an end in Arizona by the end of 2016 by prohibiting financing of the races.
The last remaining greyhound racing track in Tucson will still remain open so the owners can collect income from televised horse racing for another two years. Even these owners realize, however, that the fate of dog racing is coming to an end.
Racing dogs for profit means these animals endure a wide range of cruelties, from being killed because of injuries or a decline in performance, being caged for 20 hours a day, and lacking basic veterinary care and affection from other animals or humans. Greyhounds can live to 13 years of age, yet if they are in the racing industry they are usually retired any time between 18 months and 5 years, according to the ASPCA. At that time they are either killed or used to breed new generations; a lucky few will end up at rescue organizations.
Along with SeaWorld’s reluctant move toward ending orca breeding programs and Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey “retiring” their circus elephants, it seems there is a definite shift toward seeing animals as autonomous beings, instead of property to use for our entertainment.
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