GREY2K USA Worldwide championed the first ballot questions in history to end dog racing. Question 3, the Greyhound Protection Act of Massachusetts passed in 2008 by a margin of 56% to 42%. In 2018, we followed with Constitutional Amendment 13 in Florida. The overwhelming majority of US dog tracks wound down operations by December 2020.
Since our formation in 2001, the dog racing industry has suffered catastrophic decline. Altogether, forty-four US tracks have ended dog racing and most have closed entirely: St. Croix Meadows (WI), Pueblo Greyhound Park (CO), Apache Greyhound Park (AZ), Multnomah Greyhound Park (OR), Plainfield Greyhound Park (CT), Geneva Lakes Kennel Club (WI), Post Time (CO), Shoreline Star (CT), Cloverleaf Kennel Club (CO), Jacksonville Kennel Club (FL), Tampa Greyhound Park (FL), Wichita Greyhound Park (KS), Corpus Christi (TX), Mile High (CO), The Woodlands (KS), Hinsdale Greyhound Park (NH), The Lodge at Belmont (NH), Seabrook Greyhound Park (NH), Wonderland Greyhound Park (MA), Guam Greyhound Park (Guam), Phoenix Greyhound Park (AZ), Raynham Park (MA), Dairyland Greyhound Park (WI), Twin River (RI), VictoryLand (AL), Jefferson County Kennel Club (FL), Bluffs Run (IA), Tucson Greyhound Park (AZ), Mobile Greyhound Park (AL), Melbourne Greyhound Park (FL), Hollywood Greyhound Park (FL), Flagler Greyhound Track (FL), Pensacola Greyhound Track (FL), Valley Race Park (TX), Sarasota Greyhound Track (FL), Ebro Greyhound Park (FL), Daytona Beach Kennel Club (FL), Sanford Orlando Kennel Club (FL), Birmingham Race Course (AL), Naples-Ft. Myers Greyhound Track (FL), Gulf Greyhound Park (TX), Orange Park Kennel Club (FL), Derby Lane (FL) and Palm Beach Kennel Club (FL). Additionally, Southland Park in Arkansas has announced an end to dog racing by December 2022.
We have prevented the expansion of commercial dog racing to countries such as Jamaica, the Philippines and South Africa. In July 2018, we also succeeded in closing the worst dog track in the world, the Canidrome of Macau. Until our rescue operation began with ANIMA and Pet Levrieri of Italy, no dog had ever gotten out alive from this terrible place.
GREY2K USA Worldwide has prevailed on three greyhound-related ballot questions.
Dozens of American dog tracks have closed or ended live racing. The only legal dog track in China, the Canidrome, was forced to close and hundreds of dogs were given the second chance they deserved.
There are only four tracks remaining in three states.
Greyhound racing is illegal in forty-one states.
American greyhound breeding has declined by more than 60%.
Our research has led to the exposure of hundreds of media documented cases of greyhound cruelty and neglect.
These cases include dogs testing positive for cocaine, dogs suffering terrible injuries and dogs experiencing severe neglect at racing kennels.
We have helped defeat multiple attempts to subsidize dog racing with other forms of gambling, and blocked new tax breaks for dog tracks.
Since 2002, GREY2K USA Worldwide has endorsed more than one hundred greyhound friendly candidates across the country, with a success rate of 82% on election day.
GREY2K USA Worldwide maintains an online database of greyhound disciplinary rulings, the largest compilation of such data in the world.
In April 2020, the Birmingham Race Course decided to stop dog racing, ending dog racing in the state of Alabama. Catastrophic declines in live wagering and the loss of televised races from Florida led to this historic win for greyhounds.
On October 17, it was announced that greyhound racing at Southland Park would be phased out by 2022, ending greyhound racing in Arkansas.
Greyhound racing was outlawed in Florida with the passage of Amendment 13 by a vote of 69%-31% on November 6, 2018.
GREY2K USA Worldwide formed the Committee to Protect Dogs to accomplish this milestone. Eleven tracks phased out dog racing by December 2020.
The Canidrome in Macau holds its last race and over 500 greyhounds are ordered released to waiting adoption groups around the world.
GREY2K USA Worldwide again helped block a bill to re-open three long-shuttered dog tracks in Kansas. This was the eighth attempt by billionaire Phil Ruffin to bring back dog racing to the state.
China's only legal dog track, The Canidrome, announces it will close in July 2018.
For the seventh time, GREY2K USA Worldwide worked to successfully block the return of dog racing to the state of Kansas.
GREY2K USA Worldwide led a successful legislative campaign to prohibit greyhound racing in Arizona.
Florida lawmakers voted to require greyhound injury reporting for the first time.
GREY2K USA Worldwide led the grassroots campaign to pass a Seminole County, Florida ordinance to require greyhound injury reporting, ensure reporting on the fate of greyhounds, and eliminate a loophole that exempted greyhounds from licencing and inspection laws.
GREY2K USA Worldwide again helped block to re-opening of three long-shuttered dog tracks in Kansas.
GREY2K USA Worldwide released the first report ever written on Greyhound Racing in the United States.
Read our report for a comprehensive look inside this cruel industry.
GREY2K USA Worldwide supported a West Virginia bill that reduced racetrack subsidies by $2 million.
GREY2K USA Worldwide helped defeat a proposal to prop up dog racing in Texas with Instant Racing gambling devices.
GREY2K USA Worldwide drafted and worked to pass a bill to prohibit commercial dog racing in Colorado.
GREY2K USA Worldwide partnered with the League Against Cruel Sports and released the first comprehensive report on greyhound racing in the United Kingdom.
After years of debate, the Iowa legislature passed a bill to phase out dog racing in 2014. The new law closes one dog track, and permanently ends $14 million in annual subsidies for greyhound breeders. GREY2K USA Worldwide supported this law, and worked for years to educate lawmakers about greyhound cruelty in the state.
GREY2K USA Worldwide supported a West Virginia bill that permanently reduced dog racing subsidies by 10%.
GREY2K USA Worldwide drafted and worked to pass a comprehensive greyhound injury reporting law in Arizona.
GREY2K USA Worldwide led a global campaign to again keep dog racing out of South Africa.
Years of advocacy by GREY2K USA resulted in the implementation of new greyhound welfare regulations in Florida, including a requirement that greyhound deaths be publicly reported for the first time.
GREY2K USA supported the approval of a new Animal Cruelty Policy in West Virginia, which states that cases of greyhound cruelty will be referred to appropriate law enforcement officials.
A two year fight by GREY2K USA resulted in passage of a greyhound decoupling bill in Arizona, paving the way for live dog racing to finally end at Tucson Greyhound Park.
GREY2K USA joined with other greyhound protection groups in the United Kingdom, including Greyt Exploitations, and successfully lobbied London Mayor Boris Johnson to permanently end greyhound racing at iconic Walthamstow Stadium.
South Africa announced it will not introduce dog racing, following the recommendation of GREY2K USA and advocates worldwide.
GREY2K USA helped draft a prohibition of dog racing which became law in the U.S. Territory of Guam.
GREY2K USA passed a greyhound decoupling law in New Hampshire.
Dangerous bills to legalize commercial dog racing in Jamaica and the Philippines were defeated.
GREY2K USA made history by ending dog racing through the citizens initiative process. Question 3 passed overwhelmingly in our home state of Massachusetts. Two of the original US dog tracks, Wonderland Greyhound Park in Revere and Raynham Park, were forced to close.
Upon finding that greyhounds were excluded from protection under the anti-cruelty statute in New Hampshire, GREY2K USA presented and passed legislation to restore greyhounds to full legal protection.
GREY2K USA repealed an annual subsidy for the drug testing of racing greyhounds in New Hampshire.
GREY2K USA repealed a longstanding $325,000 annual subsidy for dog racing in New Hampshire.
GREY2K USA passed a greyhound injury and disposition reporting law in New Hampshire.
GREY2K USA passed the only state-funded greyhound adoption trust fund into law in Massachusetts.
GREY2K USA passed a requirement in Masachusetts that all greyhound injuries be reported to the public. The measure also mandated reporting on the final disposition of all racing dogs.