Success! Voters Get the Chance to Shut Down Greyhound Racing in Florida

Care2 members and animal advocates have been working for years to end greyhound racing in Florida, and a ballot measure is going to give voters in the state the opportunity to shut this industry down for good. Care2 helped add to the pressure with a petition that garnered 256,398 signatures.

This week the Florida Constitution Revision Commission voted 27-10 to put the proposed ban on the November ballot. If it’s passed Proposal 6012 would phase out greyhound racing in the state, bringing it to an end by 2020, and it would be an amazing win for greyhounds.

Live races are still going on in six states, while Florida is now home to 12 of the 18 remaining operational tracks left in the U.S.

Big news: Florida Constitution Revision Commission just voted to allow #Prop6012 to #bandogracing on the November ballot! https://g2kww.org/2EVRGcX

Posted by GREY2K USA on Monday, April 16, 2018

Unfortunately, racing in Florida is coupled with other forms of gambling – state laws require anyone who runs a gambling facility to offer at least 100 live races every year whether they want to or not, purely for the benefit of owners, breeders and kennel operators.

This ‘coupling’ tactic has helped keep this dying industry alive with no regard to the health or wellbeing of the dogs who are being bred, raced and disposed of and it’s literally killing them.

The industry has been able to get away without publicly reporting injuries, but in Seminole County, the one county that has required it, it’s come to light that 51 greyhounds have been seriously injured or died since just 2017.

Even aside from that, the industry has a long and troubled history involving cases of neglect, having veterinary care withheld, and doping, while it’s estimated that on average one greyhound dies every three days on a track in the state.  According to GREY2K, it’s estimated that 8,000 greyhounds are now being housed at track kennels across Florida, and their lives are on the line.

While greyhound advocates have continued to work to pass fair and commonsense regulations, and ultimately to end racing in the state, they’ve continued to get blocked.

“We’ve tried to get bills passed on injury reporting. We’ve tried to get bills passed on doping,” said Commissioner Don Gaetz, a former state Senate president. “And every time we have, there are fine and good people in this industry, but the mass of the industry has come forward with their lobbyists to do everything they could to stop them from reforming themselves and the stop the reasonable regulation of the industry.”

Although there’s support for this proposal from the public, animal advocacy organizations and prominent officials along with Gaetz, including Governor Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, former Florida Senate President Tom Lee, Commissioner Brecht Heuchan and Congressman Matt Gaetz, there’s already opposition making it more important than ever to speak up on behalf of greyhounds this fall. Hopefully voters in the state will use this epic opportunity to take a stand against this dying industry and make it history once and for all.

For more updates on the proposal and ways to help check out GREY2K. If you’re interested in getting involved with greyhound rescue, or adopting one, check out the organization’s adoption page where you can find a list of national and international adoption groups.

Creating a Care2 petition is easy. If you are inspired by this success and have an issue you care deeply about, why not start your own petition? Here are some guidelines to help you get started and soon the Care2 community will be signing up to support you.

 

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66 comments

Marie W
Marie W11 days ago

Thank you for posting.

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S F
S F5 months ago

I HATE HATE HATE dog racing and I am forced to drive by the one in Sarasota very often. I hope everyone involved in supporting that industry knows how to swim... they're going to be drowning in the blood of abused dogs for their eternity in hell.

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Jana DiCarlo
Jana DiCarlo5 months ago

i hope it gets banned

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Cathy B
Cathy B5 months ago

Thank you.

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Ana F
Ana F5 months ago

Hoping for the race to be completely banned! And similar ones in other countries, like sheep races. Let's never stop fighting!

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Pat P
Pat P5 months ago

Greyhound racing needs to be banned, everywhere! It is horribly cruel!

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RosemaryRannes HusbandNee
RosemaryRannes H5 months ago

" Commercial greyhound racing is cruel and inhumane. Every three days, a greyhound dies at a Florida dog track. Greyhounds endure lives of confinement, and many suffer serious injuries. Over the past decade, there have been more than 400 greyhound drug positives in Florida including dogs that tested positive for cocaine, opiates, and other serious drugs."
Patricia P i agree, we can only hope that Floridians recognise the abuse, pain and suffering the greyhounds are subjected to by their owners!
Personally I would like to see the owners whose dogs tested positive for cocaine and other drugs to be charged for dog abuse, and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. That goes for the greyhound dogs who have raced and died because they were unfit physically to do so but forced anyways. It's all about greed, isn't it!?!

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Patricia P
Patricia P5 months ago

Hopefully the people of FL will vote to eliminate this EVIL and INHUMANE practice....I'm from FL and I know I will.....however most Floridians are not known for voting the right way.

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Michael Friedmann
Michael Friedmann5 months ago

Thank You for Sharing This !!!

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Kevin H.
Kevin H.5 months ago

The posters on here are ignorant. Try to use common sense if possible. Greyhounds run. If the dogs were abused and treated badly they wouldn't run even if they wanted to. They wouldn't have those muscles and athletic body if they sat in a cage all day. Wake up.

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