Study: Greyhound racing is a huge loser – in multiple ways

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West Virginia has become a recent focal point of the crumbling, losing, misguided greyhound racing industry.

On Monday, the Charleston Daily Mail ran an article that refers to a new report as “breathtaking,” concerning the monetary drain the dog-racing industry has on the state. As the state’s taxpayers are contributing more to keep the tracks afloat, more dogs are being injured and killed.

And while those two troubling trends are rising, the revenue and attendance from the races are falling. There’s a lot wrong with this picture. I can’t think of any other case where the taxpayers are asked to support an industry where the above factors exist.

The taxpayers are being forced to support a needless operation where animals are killed and injured – and killed and injured at an alarming pace.

The evidence is abundantly clear. On both economic and compassionate levels, we need to see and immediate ban on greyhound racing – nationwide.

The aforementioned report shows wagering at racetracks in West Virginia declined 55 percent between 2004 and 2013. From 2009 to 2013, 162 greyhounds were killed at West Virginia tracks and 3,331 injuries were reported.

All of that carnage took place at two dog tracks.
And the report rightfully noted that many of the people who work at the track sections of the casinos can be transferred to other areas of the casinos and keep their jobs. So another argument out of the pro-racing side is shot down.
The Charleston Gazette also, of course picked up on the story. The article quotes the Spectrum Gaming Group report as concluding:
“Even if the return were close to neutral, we suggest that it does not make sense to spend more than $29 million a year to make a little over $30 million a year, with so much of that money going to residents who live in other states.”
Florida, West Virginia and the few other states that still allowing dog racing, should act immediately. For every day that passes, more dogs are suffering.
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