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Why Greyhound Racing is Wrong

According to recently released state records, more than 700 greyhounds were reported injured at Wheeling (WV) Island Racetrack and Casino since 2008, and more than 1,000 dogs were prevented from racing because they were lame, injured, or because of illness.

This is the way Greyhounds should be treated. (Photo courtesy of Grey2K USA)

“These terrible greyhound injuries are occurring every day at Wheeling Island,” says Carey Theil, executive director at GREY2K USA. “Dogs are suffering broken legs and other serious injuries on a daily basis.”

In total, at least 707 greyhounds were reported injured at Wheeling between January 2008 and September 2009, according to state records provided by the West Virginia Racing Commission.  More than one hundred of these injuries involved broken legs, and other reported injuries included dislocations, broken ankles, lacerations, fractured skulls and spinal injuries. Additionally, 62 dogs died or were euthanized during this period.

Greyhounds Flex, Taylor, and Maddox get ready for a run. (Photo courtesy of Grey2K USA)

Greyhound race tracks recently closed in New Hampshire and in Massachusetts. Greyhound racing still exists in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Rhode Island, Texas, Florida, Iowa, and West Virginia.  “Greyhound racing is cruel and inhumane and should end,” says Theil. “Dogs play an important role in our lives, and deserve to be protected from individuals and industries that would do them harm.”

I look forward to the day when greyhound racing no longer exists, and I hope that day is soon.

GREY2K USA is a national, non-profit greyhound protection organization with more than 25,000 supporters in all fifty states.

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