"It's a spectator sport that not many people are spectating anymore ... We can't keep propping up an industry that's not generating enough money to sustain itself," W.Va. State Sen. Jeff Kessler told the The Wheeling Intelligencer.
The economic downside of dog racing is, of course, just the tip of the iceberg, says Theil, whose group GREY2K USA is campaigning to end the practice in the United States.
"I'm referring to the use of things like confined housing, keeping dogs in cages barely large enough for them to turn around, the use of anabolic steroids and the injuries they suffer regularly," he said. "We see broken legs, broken necks, paralysis, etc. on these tracks," he says.
Ending the practice can't come soon enough. According to a report from News-Press.com, a dog died every three days on tracks in Florida alone between June 2013 and December 2014.
To learn how you can get involved in ending dog racing once and for all, visit GREY2K USA's website here.