Sure they love running/racing but you can't convince me that trainers or owners have the dogs enjoyment of running at heart. If there was no money involved, you think many trainers would do it? Most other dog sports COST the owners money, not make it. I have previously stated I like dog sport. Also greyhound racing is an industry, not a hobby.
Not all trainers are the same. Some (many) see their greyhounds as part of their family. The same as most of us who train and compete in agility sports. There are also lure coursing clubs that are for not-greyhounds but any kind of dog that wants to run. There's no money to be made doing that, no TAB betting, and the participants pay for the equipment and ground hire and there's some risk of vet expenses if the dog injures themselves making a bad turn. So it's not about profit.
My dog loves to run flat out and chase things (usually me), total joy and can we do it again please... eg if we're practicing start line stays the only thing she wants is permission to run. It trumps even food treats. She's sorely disappointed if she gets a treat for her stay instead of to run and chase.
You make a sweeping generalisation saying all greyhound trainers are in it only for the money. It might be true of the horrible person who dumped 55 dead dogs in the park (they should get done for toxic waste dumping if nothing else).
But if every slow greyhound was dealt with this way - there would be a lot more.
I think I remember a couple of years ago - some NSW dog pound officer got into trouble for taking the unwanted dogs to the nearest country rubbish tip and shooting them dead there and dumping them. That was cruel and stupid too, and he saved money in vet and green dream drug costs but he didn't actually get to pocket any of that saving.
Cruel treatment of animals is not always about profit. And making money from animals is not always about cruelty.
I think if greyhound racing got banned, then so might agility, obedience (I actually see people beating up their dogs at obedience competiions and training - it's horrible), and lure coursing, earth dog, tracking...
And then there would be more bored barking dogs because we're not allowed to train the dogs to do what they were bred to do - or an approximation of it?
I think you're not quite understanding me. I am in no way against dogs undertaking the exact sport they are bred for. I am against an industry that exploits dogs for the profit of people that do not care.
I love seeing a dog in an agility run, or doing obedience or tracking or protection or lure coursing or weight pull or ET or herding. You name it, if a dog is being used for it's design I'm right behind that. I love dog sport. I defend some of the sports that even other dog people don't agree with.
I'm sure there's horrible people involved with every one of those disciplines. I'm also sure that if one could gamble on these events legally that the motivation for competing would inevitably change for the worse.
There is no need for an industry worth so much money to be based on racing dogs. I can't get my head around that. It's not pig-headedness. I just don't think in the future that anyone will look back on greyhound racing as it stands today as a very enlightened pursuit.