Cut off subsidies for greyhound racing
Regarding Phil Kabler's "Statehouse Beat: Racing subsides may be cut" on March 2. I thoroughly agree with Kabler's comments and believe it is past time for West Virginia to let greyhound racing stand or fall on its own merits, without further subsidies.
In 2011, there were 855 track injuries sustained by racing greyhounds at the two West Virginia dog tracks. Across the country, interest in greyhound racing has been steadily declining, with more than two dozen tracks closing since 2001. It is absurd, in this time of shrinking budgets and program cuts, that $5 million to $6 million is given out each year.
I have been involved in greyhound adoption, foster care and advocacy since 2005 and currently share my home with four greyhounds. I am also vice president of GREY2K USA, the largest national nonprofit greyhound protection organization in the United States.
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