By Cindy V
A video depicting the inhumane conditions in which greyhounds living at Arizona’s Tucson Greyhound Track in Arizona drew attention nationwide upon its release.
The footage, which was shot undercover and released by GREY2K USA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending Greyhound racing, shows muzzled greyhounds confined to small cages stacked in dark rooms for extended periods of time. The video was shot in August 2010, and confirmed that the dogs are fed meat from diseased animals to reduce costs, and denied proper exercise and human interaction.
These conditions go against the Tucson Dog Protection Act, which mandates that dogs housed at Tucson Greyhound Park be let out of their cages for at least six hours per day and cannot be fed raw, diseased meat. The city of South Tucson has been urged to comply with the law, which has been effective since 2008.
The majority of states in the U.S. have laws prohibiting Greyhound racing, and as recent as 2010, states like Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire have passed similar laws. The ASPCA urges Arizona legislators to follow these examples and outlaw dog racing in their state.