Dogs that become racing animals do not live less cruel lives. Several thousand rabbits , and other small animals die yearly during the training of greyhounds. Trainers use these small animals as live bait , exhorting greyhounds to chase the animals around a track in order to simulate race conditions. Trainers allow dogs to catch and destroy these bait animals , that are no longer able to run effectivly.
Dogs that have no propensity to kill are placed in cages at close quarters with rabbits. The trainers than deny the dogs food , starving them , until hunger drives them to kill their caged companions. In this way trainers awaken bloodlust in dogs that are non-violent by character.
Greyhounds that actually become racers live in small cages , usually no greater than 3 feet in diameter. Handlers remove them from their cages only rarely , to go to the bathroom, and for infrequent races , during the course of a week.
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