The fight for the greyhounds has really heated up in Tallahassee. Many of you attended humane lobby day last week, but your voices are needed again to pass the greyhound bill.
HB 1145/ SB 1594 will decouple the cruelty of greyhound racing from other forms of gambling, removing the legal requirement that dog tracks host live racing in order to be licensed. This groundbreaking legislation is endorsed by humane groups all over the country. If approved, it will significantly reduce, and possibly end, greyhound racing in the Sunshine State.
As long as dog racing continues, greyhounds will suffer. These gentle dogs are kept confined in warehouse-style kennels in cages so small they can barely stand up or turn around. When let out of their cages to race, they face the risk of serious injury. Dogs have even been electrocuted while racing in Florida. To learn more, click here.
If you live in Florida, please CALL your state lawmakers on Tuesday, April 12. Ask your State Representative to support/co-sponsor HB 1145 and ask your State Senator to support/co-sponsor its companion bill, SB 1594. Also, politely let each office know you would like to hear back with a specific response. (Please send any responses you receive to email@example.com.)
To identify the state lawmakers who represent you, click here.
Please take a moment to share this news and sign our petition to join this virtual lobby. This is a grassroot effort, the more you share, the more impact we can make.
These gentle friends are counting on all of us to act now.
Christine Dorchak, President and General Council of GREY2K USA, has extensive professional experience in the animal protection movement. She co-founded the organization with Carey Theil, Dr. Jill Hopfenbeck and Reverend Tom Grey in 2001. Since that time, GREY2K USA has helped close 25 dog tracks nationwide.
GREY2K USA is a national, non-profit greyhound protection organization dedicated to ending the cruelty of dog racing. We are a network of humane-minded citizens who work to pass stronger greyhound protection laws and close down existing dog tracks. We also offer adoption referral information to help the thousands of greyhounds still racing.
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NOTE: This is a guest post from Christine Dorchak, President and General Council of GREY2K USA.
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