American greyhound racing is in decline

In the United States, greyhound racing is a dying industry. Since GREY2K USA Worldwide began its national campaign in 2001, forty-seven American dog tracks have closed or ceased live racing operations. In the country which invented modern commercial greyhound racing, there are now only 2 dog tracks remaining in one state. With the 2018 passage of Florida’s Constitutional Amendment 13, all Florida tracks ceased operations by December 2020. This continuing decline is due to increased public awareness about the cruelty of dog racing, a decades-long legislative fight and competition from other forms of gambling. Visit our state-by-state page for more information.

Gambling on dog racing continues to decrease

At the same time that overall gambling on dog racing is declining, a trend toward simulcast gambling continues. In 2022, over 96% of all wagers on dog races were made by simulcast or advanced-deposit wagering.

Dog tracks are closing around the world

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 532 dogs were transported to safety around the world. Also, on November 6, 2018, the citizens of Florida voted to close down all of their eleven dog tracks by December 2020. Commercial dog racing became illegal in its original US state as of January 1, 2021.

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