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The First Look Inside West Virginia Dog Racing

West Virginia ReportDear Friends,

For years, the public has had very little information about greyhound racing in West Virginia. That changed today when we released a new 46-page report, which addresses both humane and economic issues related to this cruel industry. This document is now being shared with opinion leaders and lawmakers, and was made possible thanks to a grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

With the arrival of Greyhound Racing in West Virginia, local citizens will now learn about the cruelty of dog racing in the Mountain State. Some of the key findings include:

  • Thousands of greyhounds endure lives of confinement at West Virginia tracks. Greyhounds are kept for long hours in cages that are barely large enough for them to stand up or turn around.
  • Between 2008 and 2012, the total amount gambled on live greyhound races in West Virginia declined by 37%.
  • Greyhound racing is heavily subsidized in West Virginia. Every year, greyhound breeders and owners receive tens of millions in casino gambling profits that could otherwise be used for important state programs.tatoo

Greyhound Racing in West Virginia also documents how greyhound puppies live at greyhound breeding farms in the state, and includes photographs of greyhound puppies being tattooed at a young age and greyhounds living in outside runs in the snow.

JedsCheck out this new report, and then also read today’s coverage as published on the front page of the Charleston Daily Mail.

Research is a very important part of our work at GREY2K USA. Our goal is to know the dog racing industry better than it knows itself, and then educate the public about greyhound welfare issues.

This part of our mission is essential, and is only possible because of your continued support. Thanks to you, the greyhounds in West Virginia have been given a voice today.

Christine A. Dorchak, Esq.

Carey M. Theil
Executive Director



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