In June 2021, a GREY2K USA investigator caught kennel operator John E. Lashmet, three adults and a child live lure training on his broken down farm in Greeley, Colorado. In less than one hour, the 67-year-old greyhound breeder released five rabbits to be chased, mauled and then torn apart by fifteen greyhounds. Lashmet is one of the largest and most successful greyhound breeders in the US and his dogs race in multiple states and at the Agua Caliente track in Mexico. They have been in business for decades, but their cruel practices were never exposed until now. John Lashmet no longer has a license in the state and we are now seeking criminal charges against him.
As a result of our 2020 surveillance operations, greyhound breeders in Arkansas, Kansas and Iowa also lost their licenses. Even more, federal lawmakers filed the US Greyhound Protection Act to outlaw dog racing nationwide and shut down live lure training operations across the country. Our investigations are saving lives and shutting down a terrible industry. Please help with a generous donation to our Live Lure Investigation Fund today. For a gift of $100 or more we will send you a beautiful Greyhound Freedom Wall Clock. Measures 10 in x 10 in.
“Live lure training” also known as “jacking” or “blooding” refers to the use of small animals, commonly rabbits, to excite and enhance a chase instinct in young greyhounds. Typically, screaming animals are dangled before greyhounds, dragged in front of them on ropes, or simple set loose to be attacked. These fragile animals often suffer cruel and miserable deaths.
GREY2K USA Worldwide was the chief sponsor of Florida's Amendment 13, the successful 2018 ballot question to prohibit dog racing in its oldest and biggest US state. Twelve tracks were ordered to shut down and thousands of greyhounds released for adoption by December 2020.
Then, in October 2019, Southland announced its closure by December 2022, ending dog racing in Arkansas.
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GREY2K USA Worldwide is a non-profit 501(c)4 advocacy organization located at 7 Central Street, Arlington, Massachusetts 02476. 100% of donations support our mission to end dog racing, pass greyhound protection laws and promote greyhound adoption. We are grateful for personal and corporate contributions. Because GREY2K USA lobbies for greyhound legislation, contributions are not tax deductible.