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Greyhound racing

Canine racing sport involving the Greyhound dog breed / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Greyhound racing is an organized, competitive sport in which greyhounds are raced around a track. There are two forms of greyhound racing, track racing (normally around an oval track) and coursing; the latter is now banned in most countries.[1] Track racing uses an artificial lure (usually a form of windsock)[2] that travels ahead of the greyhounds on a rail until the greyhounds cross the finish line. As with horse racing, greyhound races often allow the public to bet on the outcome.

Several greyhounds before a race

In many countries, greyhound racing is purely amateur and solely for enjoyment. In other countries, particularly Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States greyhound racing is similar to horse racing in that it is part of the gambling industry.

Animal rights and animal welfare groups[3] have been critical of the welfare of greyhounds in the commercial racing industry for many years which has contributed to the reforms of the industries in recent years. A greyhound adoption movement spearheaded by kennel owners has arisen to assist retired racing dogs in finding homes as pets, with an estimated adoption rate of over 95% in the United States.[4]