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.