This week Colorado joined the ban on greyhound racing. This is a major victory for the animal rights people and they should celebrate. Back when I was racing Colorado was one of the major racing circuits in the country.
The last track actually closed in 2008 but I'm sure there are plenty of greyhound farmers out there. I'm not sure how this affects them, I haven't done the research but I am glad to see it. An immediate problem is that there will be a glut of greyhounds that need homes and the homes won't be available so if you have ever thought about adopting a greyhound now would be a great time to do so. The really good dogs will be shipped to tracks across the country but the ones that are borderline or just plain slow will be killed if no homes are found.
A combination of public distaste for the sport and simulcasting are working to slowly kill the industry. I said back in the 90's that the business had at most 50 more years and that seems to be what is happening. Tracks now have the capacity to beam racing in from other tracks. This makes it possible to have racing and not have the animal rights issues that go along with housing greyhounds in the kennels and the injuries and even deaths at the track.
As tracks dwindle so will the breeding that goes along with the business. It won't be long before 2 or 3 tracks beam races to the whole country.
Unfortunately racing will be alive and well in West Virginia for a good long time because the governor's family makes a fortune from greyhound racing. Sadly they do this by breeding substandard dogs and cutting corners in ways I won't get into here. I remember pissing off Earl Tomblin one day (the father of the governor) when I told him I would be happy to find a home for one of his dogs that was finished. He shrugged me off saying he had over 200 dogs on his farm and "what am I supposed to do? Find a home for each and every one of them?"
I told him, "you breed them, you feed them." Needless to say he didn't speak to me again.
As some of you know I used to race greyhounds. I was involved in all aspects of racing. I did so to try to bring about changes to the industry (and I did). ALL of my dogs also got good homes when they were finished racing. Some of you think that the dogs are forced to run the tracks. They actually love it. I had my dogs chasing birds flying across the field by the time they were 3 months old. Anyway I'm getting off topic.
I'm glad to see Colorado ban racing and I hope to see the ban spread further and who knows? Maybe it won't take 35 more years.