Lara Trump will be headlining efforts to end Florida dog racing at an upcoming fundraiser.
What do you have against greyhounds Lara?
The photo is of my greyhound Tex. It makes me very sad that Laura is promoting a genocide of these wonderful animals. I don’t know what people are thinking sometimes!
“Whoa here! Don’t we all know that greyhound raising is bad, evil, and totally unconscionable?!”
We’ll get back to this in a moment but let’s talk about unintended consequences first.
How many greyhounds is Lara Trump going to save if Florida greyhound racing is made illegal? Exactly zero. What will happen is greyhounds will continue to disappear in the United States.
Greyhounds owned by individuals, like my Tex, are almost universally ex-racers that were given to adoption organizations such as the Colorado Greyhound Association . If there are fewer greyhounds to adopt, these organizations will disappear.
But won’t people breed greyhounds as family pets? Some perhaps and you can certainly buy a greyhound from a breeder if you like today. The truth of the matter is that greyhounds make wonderful pets for a certain group of people but aren’t necessarily the best choice for most families.
- Greyhounds are sight hunters which means once they focus on something, they really lock on. It’s not uncommon for a greyhound to be hit by a car particularly ones who are only recently off the track.
- They have a very thin skin and don’t do well in a dog fight.
- They can be rather aloof and don’t bond with humans as easily as other breeds.
- They aren’t nearly as trainable as other breeds.
- Some don’t get along with cats. Tex is afraid of my wife’s three cats so that’s not an issue!
- A greyhound in racing trim has less than 5% body fat. What that means is they like to run very fast for a few minutes and then they’re done — there simply is no reserve energy. Tex likes to run for about ten minutes a day and then he’s ready to spend the rest of the day on the coach. If he doesn’t get to run, he gets very anxious and let’s you know he needs to burn off some energy.
If this fits your lifestyle, a greyhound is an awesome pet. However, if their use was just as a family pet and I was a breeder, I’d look to breed other dogs.
Let’s get to the “isn’t racing really bad and icky?”
Once upon a time, greyhounds who weren’t making money for their owners were summarily killed. What’s changed? Smartphones and social media of course! I’m sure some of this still goes on but if it ever hit social media, all heck would break loose! This does happen from time to time in places like China, Australia and Argentina. You can watch videos on YouTube if you like.
Do greyhounds get injured or die on the track. Yes they do — just like any other animal that man uses for sport. By the way, it costs about $2,000 to buy, keep, and train a greyhound to get it ready for the track. These are valuable assets and no one wants to see an animal get hurt.
Personally, I’ve never been to a greyhound race and don’t have any particular interest in doing so.
What I do know is that banning greyhound racing will simply reduce the greyhound population in the United States to near zero.
And that’s a genocide.