My name is Jennifer Krebs, and I am an addict.
My addiction is to racing greyhounds and advocating for them.
The first time I saw a retired racing greyhound up close and personal was in 1993 in South Florida. I fell completely in love, but it was a full ten years before I realized my dream of adopting one. In 2003, I adopted my first greyhound, and my husband and I have adopted five more since.
I spent the first five years of greyhound ‘parenthood’ primarily supporting adoption efforts. About a year and a half ago, that focus changed to working to end greyhound racing. For me, it was an evolution from supporting the Band-aid to supporting the cure.
Dog racing is a cruel and inhumane sport. Over 20,000 greyhounds are bred to run for their lives every year. At dog tracks across the country, thousands of greyhounds languish in small, stacked cages inside dimly lit buildings, seeing the light of day only for brief periods of time when they are ‘turned out’ to relieve themselves. They are fed raw 4-D meat (‘D’ for dead, dying diseased or disabled), which contains denatured charcoal to discourage human consumption. Once or twice a week, they are taken to the track to race, where they face the chance of injury and death. They suffer broken legs, lacerations, paralysis, severed tails, cardiac arrest and heat stroke. Every day, the ‘careers’ of racing greyhounds end when they are no longer competitive, and their lives hang in the balance. Some of them are rescued by adoption organizations. Others meet an untimely end in any number of ways, of which euthanasia by a veterinarian is the most humane. Continue reading
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