Two U.S. representatives have introduced legislation that would ban greyhound racing nationwide, after an advocacy group released videos showing greyhounds being trained by chasing, mauling and killing live rabbits in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas, a practice that is prohibited by the greyhound racing industry.
The nonprofit group, GREY2K, said an animal rights investigator shot the videos on isolated training tracks this spring and summer in Abilene, Kansas; Keota, Oklahoma; and Elgin, Texas.
Some of the footage shows trainers twirling the rabbits around or dragging them in front of the dogs, while others show the dogs trying to trap or kill the rabbits.
Kansas doesn’t have a law specifically banning live lure training.
The legislation would phase out live greyhound racing or pari-mutuel wagering on live racing across the country.
The Greyhound Protection Act also would ban the use of live animals for greyhound training.
Jim Gartland, executive director of the National Greyhound Association, based in Abilene, disputed allegations that the industry treats its dogs badly or uses live bait, noting that humane treatment of all animals is written into the association’s bylaws.