February 27, 2020
In an upsetting turn of events, the majority of West Virginia’s state senators voted against Senate Bill 285, which would have saved 2,000 greyhounds and over $15 million in state funds.
The West Virginia Greyhound Breeding Development Fund currently receives $15 million from the state of West Virginia annually, which is used to fund greyhound racing at two of the greyhound racing tracks in the state. By passing this bill, the state would have stopped funding the greyhound racing industry and most likely would have forced the two remaining West Virginian dog tracks to close. That $15 million would have been used instead to support education, healthcare, road repairs, and countless other areas where West Virginians desperately need state funding.
Take Action: Don’t give up hope! WV Senate President Mitch Carmichael plans to introduce the bill again next year. In the meantime, if you are a West Virginian, please contact your senators and convey to them your disappointment that SB 285 did not pass, and that you hope they will vote in favor of a similar bill next year!
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