Who we are
Twenty-eight dog tracks have closed or ended dog racing since our formation in 2001.
- Our research has led to the exposure of hundreds of media documented cases of greyhound cruelty and neglect, including dogs testing positive for cocaine, dogs suffering terrible injuries and dogs experiencing severe neglect at racing kennels.
- In the United States, the number of greyhounds bred for the racing industry has declined for ten consecutive years.
- GREY2K USA has investigated greyhound racing throughout the world and reported on dog racing in Macau, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and the United Kingdom.
- We have helped defeat multiple attempts to subsidize dog racing with other forms of gambling, and blocked new tax breaks for dog tracks.
- Since 2002, GREY2K USA has endorsed more than one hundred greyhound friendly candidates across the country, with a success rate of 82% on election day. We have also prevailed on three greyhound-related ballot questions.
- GREY2K USA maintains an online database of greyhound disciplinary rulings, the largest compilation of such data in the world.
- After years of debate, the Iowa legislature passed a bill to phase out dog racing in 2014. The new law closes one dog track, and permanently ends $14 million in annual subsidies for greyhound breeders. GREY2K USA supported this law, and worked for years to educate lawmakers about greyhound cruelty in the state.
- In 2014, GREY2K USA drafted and worked to pass a bill to prohibit commercial dog racing in Colorado.
- In 2014, GREY2K USA supported a West Virginia bill that permanently reduced dog racing subsidies by 10%.
- In 2014, GREY2K USA drafted and worked to pass a comprehensive greyhound injury reporting law in Arizona.
- In 2014, GREY2K USA led a worldwide campaign to again keep dog racing out of South Africa.
- In 2013, years of advocacy by GREY2K USA resulted in the implementation of new greyhound welfare regulations in Florida.
- In 2013, GREY2K USA supported the passage of new laws in Arkansas, Arizona and Texas to increase maximum dog track suspensions and fines, including the strongest penalties ever.
- In 2013, GREY2K USA supported the approval of a new Animal Cruelty Policy in West Virginia, which states that cases of greyhound cruelty will be referred to appropriate law enforcement officials.
- In 2013, GREY2K USA helped block the re-opening of dog tracks in Kansas as racetrack casinos. Similarly, bills to award slot machine gambling to Texas dog tracks were also defeated.
- In 2012, a two year fight by GREY2K USA resulted in passage of a greyhound decoupling bill in Arizona, paving the way for live dog racing to finally end at Tucson Greyhound Park.
- GREY2K USA joined with other greyhound protection groups in the United Kingdom, including GreytExploitations, and successfully lobbied London Mayor Boris Johnson to permanently end greyhound racing at iconic Walthamstow Stadium in 2012.
- In 2011, South Africa announced it will not introduce dog racing, following the recommendation of GREY2K USA and advocates worldwide.
- In 2010, the Rhode Island and New Hampshire legislatures passed our bills to prohibit dog racing.
- Also in 2010, GREY2K USA helped draft a prohibition of dog racing which became law in the U.S. Territory of Guam.
- In 2008, GREY2K USA made history by ending dog racing through the citizens initiative process. Question 3 passed overwhelmingly in our home state of Massachusetts.
GREY2K USA authored the only state-funded greyhound adoption program in the nation.
- Upon finding that greyhounds were excluded from protection under the anti-cruelty statute in New Hampshire, GREY2K USA presented and passed legislation to restore greyhounds to full legal protection.