Greyhound dog racing is a cruel sport that abuses, maims and/or kills thousands of dogs in the name of “entertainment and it encourages the proliferation of puppy mills”. “Puppy mills” are inhumane commercial breeding operations that maximize profits by disregarding dogs’ physical and emotional health. Greyhound racing has been outlawed in 40 states, most recently in Arizona.
Greyhound dog racing began in 1989 with the opening of two dog tracks as part of legalized gambling in Kansas; the Wichita Greyhound Park and the Woodlands in Kansas City, KS. A third track, Camptown Greyhound Park, in Frontenac opened in 1995 only to close 13 weeks later. All three tracks closed after experiencing significant financial losses, effectively ending greyhound racing in Kansas in 2008. When dog racing existed in Kansas, greyhounds routinely suffered serious injuries. In the final six months at the Woodlands, eighty dogs were injured, and the overwhelming majority of these suffered broken legs. Sadly, a total of nineteen dogs died or were destroyed during this last season as well. There is no reason to allow this type of suffering to happen again.
However, in recent years, there has be a renewed effort by the owner of these three racetracks to reopen the tracks and introduce slot machines to subsidize the unprofitable dog racing.
In April 2016, the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas voted to prohibit dog racing at the Woodlands. We urge our Kansas legislators to follow their lead by prohibiting dog racing at the two remaining tracks; Wichita Greyhound Park and Camptown Greyhound Park.