More on greyhound racing, from an editorial on ending racing to thoughts from a rescuer

Since greyhound racing has become such a hot topic on the blog over the last couple of days, on at least one post, I’ve got a little more this morning – from an editorial in the Charleston Daily Mail to thoughts from a blogging rescuer.

First, the editorial from West Virginia’s Charleston Daily Mail. Now we’re getting somewhere – step by step. The writer rightfully suggests it’s time to end this needless requirement in some states like West Virginia that forces casinos to hold dog races.

UPDATE – More links below!!

What happened to the free-market folks in West Virginia? Why aren’t they up in arms over this exclusive protection for greyhound racing.

These requirements first came about as a way to keep a horrible industry alive. The states figured the only way to get people in the door to place bets on cruelty was to make available other gambling options for those who choose not to gamble on the lives of the dogs.

The problem for the tracks is the casinos are doing well, while the greyhound racing industry continues to dry up, but just at an all-too-slow pace for the greyhounds still suffering and dying.

So as this editorial suggests – “” Maybe the best way to help the casinos is to allow them to drop racing and concentrate on being casinos. “”

And I received a link to a blog post from a greyhound rescuer, who discusses the rescue of an older dog who was given up for adoption because it was having accidents in the house.

She makes some really great points about adopting senior dogs and the love and commitment it takes to include them into your family. She’s had to put diapers on one greyhound and two others lost legs to cancer.

I’m glad I clicked on the link, because my wife and I have a 13-year-old grey who is not often able to hold his badder. He lost an ear to a cancerous tumor several years ago and later had his spleen removed. We were told the spleen was twisted and mangled and this might have been due to an injury at the track.

As I’ve mentioned before, we have another greyhound cancer survivor who lost part of her jaw to osteosarcoma.

The Minnesota Greyhounds blog posts highlights the gifts senior dogs can be for families and also notes another dark side of racing – breeding for speed without regard for passing along cancers.

UPDATE – Examiner.com has an editorial on the track deaths in West Virginia and the Arizona Business Gazette has published an article on legislation in Arizona to change the requirements on racing.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Excellent post!! Thanks for writing it.

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  2. Excellent, Tom.

    We’re definitely getting there! 🙂

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  3. Posted by D Gary Grady on February 25, 2011 at 12:08 am

    The only negative comment in response to the Examiner editorial came from someone named “Anonymous” who implied that even greyhounds who never race get adopted and claimed that Grey2K was sitting on “vast funds” it refuses to use to help greyhounds find homes. I just posted a response suggesting Anonymous think a moment about how few pet greyhounds most people have ever actually seen and pointing out that there are plenty of news reports, photographs, and videos of mistreated greyhounds. Of course, most likely “Anonymous” works in the “industry” and already knows better.

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