Greyhound racing is a dying industry. Since GREY2K USA Worldwide began its national campaign in 2001, more than two dozen American dog tracks have closed or ceased live racing operations. In the country which invented modern commercial greyhound racing, there are now only 17 dog tracks remaining in six states. With the 2018 passage of Florida's Constitutional Amendment 13, eleven of these tracks must wind down operations by December 2020 and most are expected to do so in early 2019. The phase-out of dog racing is due to increased public awareness that dog racing is cruel and inhumane, a decades-long legislative effort and competition from other forms of gambling. Visit our state-by-state page for more information.
Between 2001 and 2014, the total amount gambled on greyhound racing nationwide declined by 70%. This includes gambling on live dog racing and simulcast gambling, where bettors wager remotely on races that take place elsewhere.
At the same time that overall gambling on dog racing is declining, a trend toward simulcast gambling continues. In 2014, just over three-quarters (75%) of all wagers on dog races were made by simulcast or advanced-deposit wagering.
Similarly, state tax revenue from greyhound racing continues to drop. Between 2001 and 2014, state dog race revenue declined by more than 82%, and by the end of this period represented only $13 million nationwide. When regulatory costs are taken into consideration, it is likely that states are losing money on greyhound racing.
Total Amount Gambled on Greyhound Racing in the United States, 2001-2014
Greyhound racing has run its course. GREY2K USA officially expanded its mission worldwide in 2013, and in 2017 tracks shut down in Australia, Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States. Macau's deadly Canidrome, the last legal dog track in China, held its last race on June 30, 2018. It was completely closed down on July 21, 2018 and the International Centre for the Rehoming of Greyhounds was created to care for its 650 greyhounds. Several months later, on November 6, the citizens of Florida voted to close down all of their eleven dog tracks by December 2020. Commercial dog racing will be illegal in its original US state, as of January 1, 2021.