Victories | GREY2K USA Worldwide

Since our formation in 2001

We have passed eighteen major greyhound protection laws including dog track prohibitions in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Guam, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

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 will now wind down operations by December 2020.

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 four greyhound-related ballot questions.

  • Thirty 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 seventeen tracks left in six states.

  • Greyhound racing is illegal in forty-one states (Florida effective Jan 1, 2021).

  • 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.

GREY2K USA Worldwide has investigated greyhound racing throughout the world and reported on dog racing in Macau, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, United Kingdom and Mexico.

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.

Victories Timeline

2018

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 must phase out dog racing by 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.

2017

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.

2016

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 helped 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.


2015
High Stakes Report

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.


2014

GREY2K USA Worldwide drafted and worked to pass a bill to prohibit commercial dog racing in Colorado.

UK Report

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.


2013

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 passage of new laws in Arkansas, Arizona and Texas to increase maximum dog track suspensions and fines, including the strongest penalties ever.

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.

GREY2K USA helped block the re-opening of dog tracks in Kansas as racetrack casinos. Similarly, bills to award slot machine gambling to Texas dog tracks were also defeated.


2012

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.


2011

South Africa announced it will not introduce dog racing, following the recommendation of GREY2K USA and advocates worldwide.


2010

Rhode Island and New Hampshire legislatures passed our bills to prohibit dog racing.

GREY2K USA helped draft a prohibition of dog racing which became law in the U.S. Territory of Guam.


2009

GREY2K USA passed a greyhound decoupling law in New Hampshire.

Dangerous bills to legalize commercial dog racing in Jamaica and the Philippines were defeated.


2008

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.


2007

GREY2K USA repealed an annual subsidy for the drug testing of racing greyhounds in New Hampshire.


2006

GREY2K USA repealed a longstanding $325,000 annual subsidy for dog racing in New Hampshire.


2004

GREY2K USA passed a greyhound injury and disposition reporting law in New Hampshire.


2001

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.

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