In a common-sense move that was embraced by both Democrats and Republicans, the state of Colorado has officially banned greyhound racing. There have been no active greyhound tracks in the state since 2008, and the law was put into place to ensure that no new facilities could be opened in Colorado. This actually ensures that the state saves money because, if greyhound racing were to resume, the Division of Racing Events in the Department of Revenue would have had to seek additional money to regulate greyhound racing.
The ban on greyhound racing brings a sad chapter in Colorado history to a close. While racetracks were active, greyhounds suffered countless injuries in the name of sport and lived in cages that were not even tall enough for them to allow them to stand up. A 2010 report from Grey2K USA, a national nonprofit organization working to protect racing greyhounds, details the abuse of greyhounds while racing was allowed.
The law banning greyhound racing was supported by state and national animal advocate groups including Colorado Citizens for Canine Welfare, Colorado Voters for Animals, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). We can be thankful that greyhound racing will not resume in Colorado, and hope that it will be banned in the remaining states where it is permitted.