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Dead Dog Running: The Cruelty of Greyhound Racing and the Bases for its Abolition in Massachusetts

Erin N. Jackson


7 Animal L. 175 (2001)
Publish Date:
2001
Place of Publication: Animal Law Review at Lewis & Clark School of Law
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Dead Dog Running: The Cruelty of Greyhound Racing and the Bases for its Abolition in Massachusetts

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Under the guise of sport, greyhound racing persists in Massachusetts and sixteen other states, despite the industry’s notoriety for animal abuse. The cruel practices employed in greyhound racing, including the culling of litters; the use of live lures in training; the provision of substandard living conditions and care; and the systemic, premature killing of greyhounds bear undeniable likeness to the barbarity perpetrated in the illicit animal fighting sports of bullfighting, dogfighting, and cockfighting. Yet, greyhound racing masquerades in the Commonwealth as an innocuous pastime, even though the industry-wide, calculated refusal to provide care for and consequent killing of throngs of greyhounds annually to perpetuate the cycle of entertainment offends both Massachusetts statutory and common law.

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