Social media is a powerful tool for educating the public about the cruelty of dog racing, but funds are also needed to keep our campaigns running. Imagine what we could generate if we all gave just $1?Will you give one dollar to fight greyhound cruelty today?At racetracks across the country, thousands of dogs are living in small cages that are barely large enough for them to stand up or turn around. Over the past decade, we have made tremendous progress toward ending this cruelty. The number of American greyhound tracks has been cut in half since GREY2K USA formed in 2001 and efforts to open greyhound tracks in countries such as South Africa have been blocked, but there is still much work to be done.This is truly a fight between our people and the money and muscle of greyhound breeders. Every donation makes a difference, even donations of a single dollar. Can’t you help today in this small way? Please make your donation today, and help us fight for these special dogs.Together, we can win the fight to end dog racing worldwide,

Social media is a powerful tool for educating the public about the cruelty of dog racing, but funds are also needed to keep our campaigns running. Imagine what we could generate if we all gave just $1?

Will you give one dollar to fight greyhound cruelty today?

At racetracks across the country, thousands of dogs are living in small cages that are barely large enough for them to stand up or turn around. 

Over the past decade, we have made tremendous progress toward ending this cruelty. The number of American greyhound tracks has been cut in half since GREY2K USA formed in 2001 and efforts to open greyhound tracks in countries such as South Africa have been blocked, but there is still much work to be done.

This is truly a fight between our people and the money and muscle of greyhound breeders. Every donation makes a difference, even donations of a single dollar. 

Can’t you help today in this small way? Please make your donation today, and help us fight for these special dogs.

Together, we can win the fight to end dog racing worldwide,

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Take a look inside a New Zealand racing kennel and sign the petition here: http://chn.ge/1hQaI4N

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Drugging #dogs and faking vaccination records, stop this #greyhound cruelty http://www.grey2kusa.org/eNEWS/G2K-020414.html

Australian greyhounds need your help now. Hundreds of dogs are being shipped each year to race and die at China’s only dog track, the Canidrome.
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Australian greyhounds need your help now. Hundreds of dogs are being shipped each year to race and die at China’s only dog track, the Canidrome.

http://www.grey2kusa.org/eNEWS/G2K-010814.html

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#happyholidays from the GREY2K USA Worldwide board and staff!

#happyholidays from the GREY2K USA Worldwide board and staff!

Millionaire Greyhound Breeder Asks for More Subsidies

Millionaire greyhound breeder
Brad Boeckenstedt, Photo by the NGA Last week, greyhound advocates gained momentum in Iowa when the Dubuque City Council announced it will ask lawmakers to remove a state dog racing mandate. There are currently two operational dog tracks in the state, and both have casino gambling. Under current law, these facilities are required to continue racing greyhounds in order to be operational.

The law also requires that dog races be subsidized with millions of dollars in gambling profits each year; funds that could instead be used for state programs. In Dubuque, these funds would otherwise go to local non-profit organizations.

To defend their subsidies, greyhound breeders turned to kennel owner Brad Boeckenstedt, who told a local reporter:

"Our family is greatly invested in our community and in the greyhound business … It’s kind of sad that they want to get rid of us now that they have slots."

The irony here is incredible. The fact is, Brad Boeckenstedt is a perfect example of the problem. Just since 2009, his kennel has received at least $4.75 million dollars in purse payments. Virtually all of these funds come from subsidy dollars. Also, that total does not include some subsidy payments from 2010 that the state no longer has records for. Last year alone, Boeckenstedt received $1.26 million in purse subsidy payments.

This is what the debate in Iowa has come to: a handful of greyhound breeders receiving millions in subsidies. Their spokesman for this bad public policy is the top recipient of subsidy dollars, a multi-millionaire greyhound breeder. Brad Boeckenstedt claims that he has “invested in our community,” but in reality the state of Iowa has repeatedly invested in him, paying him millions for an activity that is no longer viable.

It’s time for the gravy train to end. Next Spring, lawmakers should put an end to these subsidy payments for millionaire greyhound breeders.