Join the Humane Society of Utah in Support of Grey2K USA to Pass H.R. 3335 and Ban Commercial Dog Racing!

greyhound racing

At racetracks across the country, thousands of greyhounds endure lives of terrible confinement and many suffer serious injuries. Dogs in the racing industry are also subject to standard practices that are cruel and inhumane, like the killing of unprofitable dogs and the use of 4-D meat.
Greyhound racing goes against the values of our community and should be prohibited.* Urge your federal representative to co-sponsor and support H.R. 3335, the Greyhound Protection Act to end greyhound and commercial dog racing once and for all.

    Did you know?

  • Thousands of greyhounds are subject to extreme confinement across the country for commercial racing. In fact, these greyhounds may be kept in cages that do not allow them to fully stand straight up for upwards of 23 hours a day.** 
  • Greyhounds used in the racing industry are victims of inhumane treatment such as the killing of “unprofitable” dogs, the use of 4-D meat that has been deemed unsuitable for consumption, and the injection of illegal substances.*
  • Thousands of greyhound puppies are bred each year for the dying commercial dog racing industry.* According to the National Greyhound Association, there are over 300 greyhound breeding facilities across the country and only a handful of remaining racing tracks.
  • Greyhounds used for racing are often seriously injured during the race itself or the training process. From January 2008 through December 2019, more than 16,000 injuries were reported. The most frequent injury is a broken leg, but head injuries and broken backs are not uncommon.*
  • Gambling has not been legal in Utah since March 2012.*** As a result, this bill will have zero impact on Utahns and our state’s economy.

Here’s how you can help us protect greyhounds:

  1. Find out who your federal rep is here.
    1st District – Representative Blake Moore
    2nd District – Representative Chris Stewart
    3rd District – Representative John Curtis
    4th District – Representative Burgess Owens
  2. Write your representative a letter asking for their co-sponsorship and support of H.R. 3335. Use one of our templates below or create your own. Feel free to pull facts from the list above to bolster your argument!
  3. Follow our Facebook and Instagram for updates on social media, sign up for advocacy alerts, and share our posts on H.R. 3335. 
  4. Urge your friends and family to do the same! Share the link to this page with them. 

For more information on greyhound racing and H.R. 3335, please visit Grey2K’s website.

Thank you for helping us end commercial dog racing in the United States and for helping us Change Their World.™

*Grey2K USA

**Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, Investigative Report for Case No. 2006029115 (Tallahassee, FL: July 20, 2006).

***United States Casinos, Utah Casinos and Gambling Laws


OPTION ONE:

Dear Representative XXX,

[Introduce yourself as a concerned constituent]

[Explain why you believe greyhound racing should be illegal]

[Ask the Rep. to support H.R. 3335]

[Thank them for their time and consideration]

Sincerely,

XXX, a concerned constituent

OPTION TWO:

Dear Representative XXX,

I ask kindly as one of your constituents that you consider supporting H.B. 3335, the United States Greyhound Protection Act. Greyhound racing is a form of gambling that is quickly losing popularity due to its inhumane and cruel practices. 

Specifically, XXX. 

Please consider co-sponsoring H.R. 3335, the United States Greyhound Protection Act to end commercial dog racing once and for all. 

Sincerely,

XXX, Concerned Constituent 

OPTION 3:

Dear Representative XXX,

My name is XXX and I am a concerned constituent of yours. Commercial greyhound racing is an issue I find to be extremely disturbing and harmful. Greyhounds are bred across the country and raised in captivity spending up to 23 hours in their cages a day. These cages are hardly big enough for them to stand up or turn around. Greyhounds are released from their cages only to relieve themselves or compete at one of four remaining racetracks in the United States. They are fed 4-D meat, or meat that has been deemed inedible for consumption, and are pumped with performance-enhancing drugs in addition to illegal substances in some circumstances. These poor creatures are then forced to race against one another for profit, despite the fact that studies show a general downward tick in interest by members of the public in this type of gambling. It is not uncommon for race dogs to face serious injuries such as broken legs, head injuries, broken backs, and more. Ultimately, if a dog is decided to be “unprofitable,” it will be killed. Please consider co-sponsoring H.R. 3335, the United States Greyhound Protection Act to end commercial dog racing once and for all. 

Sincerely,

XXX, Concerned Constituent