Greyhounds Race for Freedom

January 4, 2019

There is a general agreement among animal anthropologists that Greyhounds are one of the seminal canine breeds from which nearly all domestic dogs descend. They have been traced back 8,000 years to early cave drawings and decorative artifacts. The Egyptians worshiped Greyhounds as a god and frequently showed them on murals in the tombs of Kings. Cleopatra used greyhounds for game, and according to legend, they are the goddess Diana's hunting hounds.

 

The most defining characteristic of the Greyhound is its dynamic physique. Their large paws, light weight and long bodies are immediately noticeable. And when in motion, it's clear they were designed to run. Greyhounds are aerodynamic — their bodies cut through air like bullets when reaching full speeds. They have a flexible spine and small waist with long legs, slender bones and big muscles. They are the fastest breed of dog on the planet.

 

Unfortunately, for the past 100 years, their bodies have been exploited for the sport of dog racing. And now, in the United States, thousands of young and healthy Greyhound dogs are killed every year simply because they no longer please their masters.

 

Greyhound racing is a 20th century byproduct of the older sport of coursing, in which dogs hunted by site rather than scent (hence the reason Greyhounds chase mechanical lures