Greyhounds bred in deplorable puppy mills for the racing industry are frequently abused, abandoned, starved, neglected and killed. Even the surviving dogs used at racetracks are often seriously injured.
They are apt to be sold to research labs or to otherwise be cruelly disposed of when they no longer run well.
Many states prohibit dog racing. West Virginia is one of seven states that still have it.
West Virginia should close these tracks.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and the West Virginia legislators should heed U.S. Sen. Richard Newberger, who said:
"I have always believed cruelty to animals is a black mark in Heaven. I realize animals do not vote. They do not make campaign contributions to enrich the coffers of politicians, but I will be their friend. I imagine He who spoke the Sermon on the Mount would want it that way, too."
Freedman chairs the public education committee of Animal Rights Advocates of Upstate New York.