There are many things that are a part of our cultural landscape. We love to sporting events such as baseball games and football games. We also love to go out to eat and eat at home, before or after going to a movie or a play. Some people even like to have a bite to eat after they have gone to watch horseracing at a horse track. An excellent a beautiful location to watch horseracing is in Del Mar California at the Del Mar Racetrack. Delmar is a beautiful location to watch horseracing because people can see both the land and sea while watching both horse and jockey race around the track. Many watchers of horseracing also like to gamble on horseracing. Gambling on sporting events isn’t uncommon; many sports lovers often bet on many sporting events from baseball games and football games to horse races to the Olympic Games. While many people are very familiar with horseracing and baseball, they might be less familiar with greyhound racing. What’s a greyhound race and how are the greyhounds treated before and after a greyhound race? Let’s explore these questions.
A greyhound race involves dogs and greyhound racing involves greyhounds racing around an indoor or outdoor track. The greyhounds are required to chase a lure, which is usually an artificial hare or rabbit on the track until they cross the finish line. The dog that crosses the finish line first is declared the winner. In many countries such as Mexico and Sweden greyhound racing is simply a form of enjoyment. However, in other countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, greyhound racing is a form of gambling that is very similar to horseracing. There has been much concern for the well being of the racing greyhounds; in fact, there has arisen a greyhound adoption movement in order to help retired racing dogs find great homes where these dogs can become loving family pets and be loved as a family pet. This is because many animal lovers are concerned about the treatment of racing greyhounds. Let’s look at the treatment of racing dogs.
In the United States, isn’t governed by the Animal Welfare Act, therefore, treatment of the greyhounds depends mostly on the industry’s self regulation. In addition to the state regulations, most greyhound racing tracks have their own policies, procedures, and rules to ensure that the greyhounds are taken care of properly. There are greyhound racing tracks in 13 states such as Iowa, Arizona, Florida, Texas, Wisconsin, and Kansas. Besides the United States, in many European countries such as Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, and the Netherlands, greyhound racing is regulated by the owners of the greyhounds without having a money payout. In addition, in Australia greyhounds are housed in kennels at night that are okayed by the Greyhound Racing Authorities in Australia. In the daytime, they are exercised in running yards to keep them happy and healthy. Plus, before greyhounds race, they are check by a on site vet to make sure they are healthy before they race and after the dogs are no longer able to race, owners either keep the greyhounds to breed them or send them to greyhound adoption groups. Some owners keep the dogs as family pets after they are done using them in a greyhound race. Therefore, a greyhound race doesn’t last long but a greyhound’s life will last longer than its racing life. A greyhound’s racing life is from age three to about age five.