New Proposal 67 is on the table. A law that would put an end Commercial Dog Racing in Florida.

In order for voters to see this on the ballot in November, FIRST the proposal has be to voted on by the full Constitution Revision Commission (CRC).

So, before the CRC decides if this should be on the ballot, they are having 5 public hearings to listen to what the public has to say. It is EXTREMELY important that you attend these hearings to let the commissioners know how you feel about this issue.

At these hearings they will take public testimony on all pending proposals, including Proposal 67 to phase out greyhound racing.

Only if the CRC decides to place this on the ballot, then can the proposal be voted on by us citizens.

And even then for this law to go into effect, the proposal will have to be voted YES by 60% of the people in November.

Why Ban Dog Racing

  • Commercial greyhound racing is illegal in 40 states.
  • 12 of the 18 American operational dog tracks are in Florida.
  • Since 1990, the amount wagered on greyhound racing in the Sunshine State has
    declined by 74% and tax revenue from dog racing has dropped by 98%.
  • Over the past decade there have been 419 greyhound drug positives at Florida tracks, including 68 greyhound cocaine positives
  • Female greyhounds are routinely given an anabolic steroid to prevent a loss of race days, a cruel practice that harms animal welfare and raises integrity concerns.

Grey2K USA, a non-profit organization, has stood up and been the voice for the greyhounds since 2001. They have successfully closed 30 tracks throughout the US!

There are still 19 tracks open in the United States.  Many states have out-lawed greyhound racing except 6 states, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Texas and West Virginia. Half of ALL greyhound racing takes place in Florida.

Why has this group advocated for the demise of the industry?

Drugs

Illegal drugs are often given to the dogs to increase performance. Although it is illegal to do so, some trainers take the risk for the high reward payoffs.

In 2015, GREY2K USA documented a total of 75 violations in all seven racing states, including drug positive tests for cocaine, ractopamine, anabolic steroid metandienone, and industrial solvent dimethyl sulfoxide.

And legally, female greyhounds are routinely given anaerobic steroids to stop their estrus (heat) cycle so they can continue to race. This can cause them to become aggressive, loss of overall health and virilization.

And, just last year 5 Greyhounds tested positive for cocaine at The Florida Derby Lane Dog Racing Track.

Confinement

Greyhounds are confined in cages for more than 20 hours a day.

They are kept in a store-house style building that is lined up with cages. Let are only let out in a big group for elimination purposes or training/racing.

Bedding consists of shredded newspaper and carpet remnants.

The cages are just barely enough for the dog to stand up and turn around. Some of the larger greyhounds can not even stand up all the way.

Injuries/Death

Broken legs are reported as the most common injury. Other injuries include crushed skulls, electrocution and broken backs.

The state of Florida and Alabama do not report their injuries and deaths.

What is on file, is a report that GREY2K and ASPCA did between 2008-2015. They found over 11,722 Greyhound injuries.  More than 3,000 dogs had injuries of broken legs, skulls, backs or electrocution.

Durning that same time the report shows 909 racing Greyhound deaths. The actually number is expected to be higher as that the fate of a dog after an injury or done competing is uncertain.

Neglect

During the same report from GREY2K and ASPCA, they found 27 cases of Greyhound cruelty and neglect. These are dogs who were starved to death, denied veterinary care, or endured poor kennel conditions.

Live Lure Training

Although illegal, there has also been numerous accounts of trainers using LIVE lures like rabbits, opossums, and piglets for training. There is many different videos on the web of trainers using other animals as bait and killing it. This gruesome act has been seen here in the US and in the UK.

Notes from Public Hearing in Melbourne, FL February 19th, 2019 for Proposal 67

We attended the public hearing in Melbourne, FL on February 19th, 2018 to speak for the Greyhounds.

Our stand: FLORIDA- Vote YES on Proposal 67, it would phase out dog Racing in Florida by December 31st, 2019!

Proposal 67 was a HOT topic, the room was divided. Half in favor of proposal 67 and half against proposal 67.

Shocking as we thought the room would be mostly full of those in favor of the new proposal.

All day Commissioners listened to the public’s opinions on the different proposals for environmental laws, abortion laws, laws for children, laws for the elderly, ect. ALL very serious matters.

But, there the constant theme was about the dogs. Every other question was about Proposal 67.

Crazy, right? So many topics and the HOT one was about a DOG LAW.

Times are changing. We are evolving. This is HUGE for animal rights.

On one side of the room was people who support the dog racing industry, greyhound breeders, and racetrack owners.

The other was filled with a mix array of people. Business people, general public, greyhound rescue parents, greyhound adoption groups, and considered animal lovers.

A View From The Opposing Side

This is a way of life for these racetrack owners and dog breeders. They have grown up doing this all their life. They say they love their dogs. And, I believe that many of them do truly love their dogs. But, they may have an unhealthy attachment to them as they are their way of life.

With an industry that is tanking, they are asking to not be shut off but to phase out.

Unfortunately, the evidence is staked up. The industry has been given MANY chances at srticker laws on how their dogs should be cared for and they did not comply. There is only so much slap on the wrist can do in these situations and a lot of things go under the radar.

Ending Note

What we would like to point out is… just because something has been done for a long time doesn’t make it right.

100 years ago, blacks had no rights, women were not allowed to vote, and children did not have any laws in their favor. Look at how far we have come as a society.

We can continue to do better. We can see the connection and protect others who can’t speak for themselves. For those beings who have served us for centuries and given nothing but their lives and unconditional love.

It’s not an obligation to speak for them, but a privilege.

We have spoken. And our recommend for the Racetrack, is to start looking at different career options.