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Dog Racing May End in Florida

Dog Racing May End in Florida

Legislation under review in Florida may end or phase out greyhound racing there. The bill (HB 1145) would allow dog tracks to run card rooms for patrons without requiring dogs to run races. Yes, it sounds peculiar, but it appears there is a cultural shift from dog tracks and betting on their races to card playing. However the mindset appears to be one still in transition: you can’t call them casinos outright, but you can think of them as dog tracks without dog races with card rooms that include gambling. The card rooms were added on to supplement waning interesting in dog races.

It would be more honest and simple to say, “We don’t like dog tracks as much, with all the abuse and neglect of race dogs and mismanagement by breeders, so we are now looking into card rooms; but don’t call them casinos.”

Why not call a casino a casino? Clearly some people are afraid of casinos, and claim they are dens of bad behavior and despair. Mostly though, at least on the surface, they don’t seem to be all that catastrophic. Distasteful to some, yes–but direct portals to Hell–no. It has been reported that some legislators there are afraid  if card rooms grow in number, there will be a slippery slope towards their expansion into casinos. This fear-based view was spoken by a local Baptist legislative consult.

Not many would argue casinos are healthy, nor would they extol the benefits of gambling. However, casinos don’t typically push junk food in the manner of a McDonald’s or Burger King and obesity with all its associated illnesses such as diabetes, stroke and heart disease is far worse than a morally dubious personal state.

About sixteen dog tracks currently stage live dogs races in Florida, and fourteen of those have poker rooms. Playing poker clearly doesn’t result in scores of starving, diseased dogs left abandoned in cages. Please, let the dog racing and dog abuse end in Florida.

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5:07AM PST on Feb 22, 2013

Finally, there's something encouraging

7:05AM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

slažem se dobre vijesto,konačno mali pomak naprijed

1:59PM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

good news

8:01AM PDT on Mar 27, 2012

I hope it ends everywhere too, and horse-racing, rodeos, bull-fighting and all these cruel 'sports' that subject animals to inhumane conditions.

5:31AM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

This needs to end worldwide. Same goes for horse racing and polo.

5:21PM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

The sooner the better. Dog racing shouldn't even be happening.

9:47AM PST on Feb 5, 2012

needs to end.

5:34PM PST on Jan 21, 2012

I rescued a male greyhound from the track in Lincoln, R. I. He broke his foot in training and the lady responsible for adopting them out is located right at the track. Jack was a very mellow dog but wouldn't sit down. When I mentioned this she told me it's because they are prodded not to sit down and be ready to run when the gate goes up. How horrible!! I also went to her for his vaccinations - her son was a vet specializing in greyhounds. One time I brought Jack with me to visit and he saw a male coming towards him that was calling his name. Jack almost ripped my arm out trying to get away from that man. I asked him why Jack would do that and he replied because he doesn't like me. I asked why and he gave me a stupid grin and said wouldn't you like to know. I couldn't get out of there fast enough and never brought Jack.

8:11AM PST on Jan 21, 2012

Nothing could be better. Sad comment of our society that we are willing to condemn dogs to a life of misery so we can make money betting. Dogs give unconditional love; we give unconditional greed.

5:44AM PST on Jan 21, 2012

Well, that would be awesome, but I'm not sure how that's going to work? Oh well, I definitely appreciate their efforts! This 'sport' should be banned worldwide!

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