Re: “Controversial greyhound races in steep decline” (TNT, 4-19).
The public’s increased awareness of the cruelty inherent in greyhound racing has contributed to its catastrophic decline. Wagers on dog racing currently represent less than 1 percent of all wagers made in the U.S. annually.
Dog racing has always been a losing game for the greyhounds. Racing greyhounds endure lives of nearly endless confinement in small, stacked cages. While racing, they suffer and die from broken limbs, paralysis and cardiac arrest. Short-term investments, the greyhounds are valued only as long as they generate a profit.
Dogs play an important role in our lives and deserve to be protected from industries that cause them harm. I have personally adopted beloved ex-racing greyhounds since 1997 and am a board member of GREY2K USA, a national nonprofit greyhound protection organization. For more information, please visit www.grey2k.usa.
(Wood is the director of GREY2K USA.)