Animal Law Review


Erin N. Jackson

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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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