Is it okay for dogs to suffer injury and death just so people can watch them run around a track and promoters can make some cash? In West Virginia, apparently so.

Greyhounds are placed at great risk in the state’s dog races. According to the WV paper Charleston Daily Mail, at just one racetrack — the Mardi Gras racetrack — more “than 3,200 injuries were reported … from the beginning of 2005 to the end of 2010, an average of about 1.4 injuries per day, records filed with the West Virginia Racing Commission show. At least 152 dogs suffered injuries that were so severe they had to be euthanized.”

“In terms of the raw number of injuries, this is the largest we have seen for a single track by far,” said Carey Theil, executive director of GREY2K USA, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit working to outlaw greyhound racing.

This is nothing new for the Mardi Gras racetrack. State records confirm that thousands of greyhound injuries have been reported at this track since 2005, and nearly 200 dogs have died.

Of course, track executive and animal exploiter Dan Adkins doesn’t really care about any of this, offering the lame defense that only 25 dogs actually died during races over the past year. I suppose that’s a drop in the bucket compared to the thousands of greyhounds killed every year for not being fast enough or profitable enough.

The disgraceful, inhumane practice of dog racing is only fully legal in seven U.S. states. That is seven too many. In the wake of the new revelations concerning the Mardi Gras racetrack, it’s time for West Virginia to join the 21st century and outlaw dog racing.

Contact WV governor Earl Ray Tomblin and ask him to support an end to dog racing in West Virginia.

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