Thursday, February 24, 2011

Charleston Daily Mail Editorializes in Favor of the Greyhounds

This morning, the Charleston Daily Mail Editorial Board weighed in on the future of greyhound racing in West Virginia.

In a concise and cogent editorial, they reflected on the recent disclosure that more than 3,000 greyhound injuries have been reported at Tri-State Racetrack since 2005:
It's repugnant that injuries are the part of the nature of the sport. Greyhounds are fast but fragile, and races involve much bumping ... Why does the state continue to allow such a gruesome sport?
They also drew the same conclusion that state legislators and editorial boards across the country are reaching: greyhound racing is no longer viable, and should be allowed to end. Commenting on a pending legislative proposal to help West Virginia's racetrack casinos, the editorial board wrote:
Maybe the best way to help the casinos is to allow them to drop racing and concentrate on being casinos.
We are grateful for the Daily Mail's support of the greyhounds. Today's editorial is yet another example of the fact that ending the cruelty of greyhound racing is not a liberal or conservative position. Rather, it is a mainstream value that is shared by citizens across the country, from all walks of life and political persuasions.

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