01/09/2016: The New York Times - Chasing the Lure of a Royal Past With Greyhound Racing in Punjab
01/31/2014: The Tribune - Animal board hounds dog race organisers
01/09/2014: The Indian Express - Greyhound races suspended again
02/03/2013: The Indian Express - Despite ban, Greyhound races held
12/08/2012: The Indian Express - AWBI bans greyhound races
07/03/2013: - Dog Racing Plans Advance in India - Signatures Needed
08/10/2011: Let's Stop Dog Racing in India
Saving Greys Blog Posts
01/28/2014: Animal Advocates in Asia Speak Up for Greyhounds
07/29/2011: Help Needed to Stop Proposed Greyhound Racetrack in India
Your help is needed to prevent the coming of commercial dog racing to India. It has been newly reported that plans to open up a dog track in Punjab are quickly advancing.
Diana Ratnagar, Chairperson of Beauty Without Cruelty and Dr. Sandeep Jain of CAPE-India are asking animal advocates around the world to join them in fighting for the greyhounds. GREY2K USA, along with several organizations including Blue Cross of India and the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organizations, have long been advocating against the advent of dog racing to India. Now we need your voices to join ours in speaking loudly and clearly to save the greyhounds.
Please sign and share our petition now! All signatures will be delivered to Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, Indian President Shri Pranab Mukherjee, and Chief Minster of Punjab, Parkash Singh Badal.
Together, we can bring an end to dog racing everywhere. Please sign for the greyhounds now.
12/19/2011: Beauty Without Cruelty, India - It's now or never for greyhounds
07/24/2011: Times India - Coming up: Dog racing track in
Non-Commercial Greyhound Racing in India
Greyhound racing is conducted on straight tracks throughout the country of India. Close to 1,000 greyhound races are held each year in Punjab, one of the most popular areas for racing.1 Multiple day racing events can attract up to 150 greyhounds.2 At least some of the dogs racing in India were imported from other countries, including the United States, Ireland, Pakistan and Canada.3
So far, issues surrounding the legality of greyhound racing in India have been addressed on the local level. In December 2012 the Animal Welfare Board of India banned greyhound races at any district livestock championship events in Punjab.4 However, races were still held in February 2013 during the Kilaraipur Rural Sports festival.5 Animal advocates and government officials also stopped a race scheduled for September 2013 in the district of Maharashtra. In May 2013 the Punjab government introduced a draft bill, the Punjab Horse Race (Regulation and Management) Act, which included language for the development of a dog racing track.6 The Act passed in November 2013 but the final language included in the bill is unclear at this time. None of the news articles reporting on the bill's passage have made any mention to greyhound racing.
- Harpreet Bajwa, "Punjab government nod for legal betting on horse races," The New Indian Express, May 29, 2013, http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/Punjab-government-nod-for-legal-betting-on-horse-races/2013/05/29/article1610434.ece (accessed October 7, 2014).
- "Far-off the Right Track," Beauty Without Cruelty-India, February 18, 2014, http://www.bwcindia.org/Web/Awareness/Campaigns/FarofftheRighttrack.html (accessed October 7, 2014).
- Navjeevan Gopal, "Greyhounds set Bathinda race track on fire," The Indian Express, December 1, 2010, http://archive.indianexpress.com/news/greyhounds-set-bathinda-race-track-on-fire/718343/ (accessed October 7, 2014).
- Raakhi Jagga, "AWBI bans greyhound races," The Indian Express, December 8, 2012, http://archive.indianexpress.com/news/awbi-bans-greyhound-races/1042285/ (accessed October 7, 2014).
- Raakhi Jagga, "Despite ban, Greyhound races held," The Indian Express, February 3, 2013, http://archive.indianexpress.com/news/despite-ban-greyhound-races-held/1068596/ (accessed October 7, 2014).
- Harpreet Bajwa, "Punjab government."