Greyhound racing is a sport which focuses on the racing of greyhounds. In this kind of race, the dogs go after a lure – commonly an artificial rabbit or hare – on a racetrack until they reach the finish line.
In some nations, this sport is primarily amateur, and is held for enjoyment. However, in some countries, such as the UK, Mexico, China, Spain, the US, Ireland, and Australia, this sport is a part of the gambling industry, like that of horse racing, although it is less profitable. Concerns have also been raised in these nations regarding the health of the dogs used in the sport. Additionally, the greyhound racing industry is also censured regarding its efforts to effectively address various issues relating to this sport, which have become the focus of a number of debates.
After the dogs are not capable of racing anymore, or when they can no longer position themselves in the top four positions, their careers ultimately end. The champion dogs are kept for the purpose of breeding. There are also adoption groups as well as rescue groups that adopt retired racing dogs and keep them as pets.
In Great Britain, greyhound racing is being regulated by the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB). The dogs are only brought to the racetracks to compete as they are housed in their trainers’ kennel. Their health and condition are also checked before they can compete.
Drug use in this kind of sport has also been abused. The GBGB has been instituting measures to stop the illicit use of drugs among the dogs, as penalties, such as revocation of the license to race, and fines are imposed if violators are caught.
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