This week Rep. Tony Cardenas out of California introduced legislation that would effectively outlaw greyhound racing within the United States of America.
Rep. Cardenas' bill would amend the existing Wire Act to block gambling on greyhound horse races as well as open-field coursing. This would effectively stop the activity, which in its own right has dwindled in popularity over the years. As of August 11th, there are only four greyhound tracks in the States, with two located in West Virginia, and one each in Iowa and Texas. The racing is already illegal in 41 states, and many that haven't outlawed it don't have active tracks.
In a statement Cardenas wrote: "Greyhound racing is cruel and must end. My bill allows for a sensible wind-down of an already-declining industry that will ultimately outlaw greyhound racing. As a longtime animal welfare advocate, I am committed to always speaking up for the voiceless."
There has been some debate as to whether this ban should be decided on a federal level, or whether its something that should be decided on a state-by-state basis. West Virginia Rep. David McKinley is one of those on the other side of the aisle. He is of the opinion that: "The state should hold the authority to decide if greyhound racing should continue. This really isn't a federal issue. In recent years there has been a vigorous debate in the West Virginia Legislature about the future of greyhound racing. Given the potential impact on West Virginia jobs and our local economy, that is the appropriate venue for this discussion."
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