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Is Dog Racing About To Be Illegal In Florida?

Published on July 31, 2018 by   ·   18 Comments Pin It
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This fall, the people of Florida will have the opportunity to make history by voting to end dog racing in the Sunshine State, which was the first place in the world to legalize commercial dog racing. As many as 8,000 lucky greyhounds will be released from their cages if Amendment 13 is approved! Statewide polling shows that Florida voters will Vote Yes on 13 to end dog racing if they are fully informed about its humane and economic problems. Happily, the campaign has already announced the endorsement of seven current and former state senators, five greyhound adoption groups, 24 local animal shelters, 19 animal welfare organizations, six news outlets, plus the League of Women Voters of Florida, the Florida Federation of Republican Women and the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida!

You can help the greyhounds by learning more about Amendment 13 and spreading the word about this momentous campaign. ​

In other promising news, our multi-year campaign to Close the Canidrome, China’s only legal dog track, is now just three days away from victory. Earlier this week, three more beautiful dogs were released to our board member, Albano Martins of ANIMA Macau, while our partner Stefania Traini of Pet Levrieri continued to find loving homes for all the lucky Canidrome survivors. On Saturday, July 21, the Canidrome’s doors will close and hundreds of greyhounds will be safe from the risks of racing at the worst dog track in the world. Now is the time to bring them all to safety with waiting rescue groups in Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States. Funds are needed now for the rehabilitation, veterinary care, feeding and safe transport of these lucky hounds. Rest assured that we are working at home and abroad to realize the mission of ending dog racing worldwide.

By Christine Dorchak of GREY2K USA. GREY2K USA lobbies for greyhound legislation, Worldwide

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Readers Comments (18)

  1. Greyhound racing is heavily regulated & safe. As a proud owner of five retirees, I can tell you how well they were cared for prior to retirement, based on the amount of love & affection they show when they come home. Abused dogs take time to adjust. Greys don’t. I can also tell you there’s no way to force a greyhound to do anything they don’t want to do. Grey2K perpetuates lies & misinformation. Please explore the other side of racing & vote NO on amendment 13.

  2. Bernee Brawn says:

    8,000 lucky greyhounds to be released!!! Released to? Who exactly is going to feed, vet, train, exercise and work with these “lucky’ 8000 dogs?
    The question to be asked in this is- Who is backing this? Who is funding this? Where is the money going? And why?
    We invite you to tour a racing kennel, talk to the owners and caretakers of these dogs – don’t allow the emotional heartstring pulling sad song Please Give Me Your Money people to pull the wool over your eyes. The dogs deserve better than Grey2K.

  3. LAURA Chase-smith says:

    Good morning, I’m sure the G2k group got your attention. Please Let me tell you. I have been a volunteer in a greyhound adoption kennel for 9 years, have seen hundreds of greys adopted. These are canines treated as athletes, cared for, loved and then retire. Truly, the abuse G2k is talking about does not happen. Follow the money. Note that they do not give back to adoption groups. If I saw abuse over the years, I would join them, but I have seen none. Take the time, investigate, talk to people who are directly involved with the greys. You will see a different side, the truth.

  4. LAURA Chase-smith says:

    Good morning, Please Let me tell you about my experience with greyhound racing. I have been a volunteer in a greyhound adoption kennel for 9 years, have seen hundreds of greys adopted. These are canines treated as athletes, cared for, loved and then retire. Truly, the abuse G2k is talking about does not happen. Follow the money. Note that they do not give back to adoption groups. If I saw abuse over the years, I would join them, but I have seen none. Take the time, investigate, talk to people who are directly involved with the greys. You will see a different side, the truth.

  5. Barbara Nehrling says:

    It is really sad that you only tell the “Trickeration” half of the story…and not the other half where a judge ruled that the amendment was misleading!! And that you believed all the lies and didn’t look at all the amazing “Paint the Trail “ videos on You Tube that show what an amazing life these dogs have. I thought news people were suppose to be neutral and just tell the facts…so sad….

  6. Craig Laginess says:

    Christine,
    The world has had enough of your lies, manipulating and theft. Your financial statements alone show how much of Grey2k’s donations actually help the greyhounds, less than one percent and how much goes towards salaries and lobbying.

  7. Marla Rose says:

    It’s shocking that anyone would defend the cruel greyhound racing industry! Yes on Amendment 13!

    • Christine says:

      It’s shocking you would attack an industry you clearly know nothing about.

    • Elaine says:

      In 23 years of doing adoptions, I have never seen any cruelty done at the hands of racing folks. I have only seen well fed, well adjusted, happy dogs that love people. An abused dog doesn’t act that way.

      #VoteNoOnFL13

  8. Nia says:

    Hey.. check out all the paid pawns of the Greyhound racing industry above. ⬆️⬆️⬆️⬆️⬆️
    They make their money off animals, plain and simple, and are defending their cruel sport. Play your own sports, humans. Let dogs be dogs. Having 800 dogs in a kennel is a factory, not a warm and loving home. Shame on any of you defending this sickness.

    • Christine says:

      You’ve clearly never met a greyhound. Please educate yourself before repeating lies.

    • Bernee Brawn says:

      Nia, I neither work in the racing industry nor do I own a greyhound. However, I own working sporting dogs and I understand purpose bred dogs that continue to do the job they were bred to do. I also understand groups like Grey2K who have a never ending agenda of collecting money from people who really do love animals, but get taken to the cleaners by tugging at your heartstrings. These groups use you only to get your money. HSUS, PETA and other groups like them line their pockets while very very little ever goes to any animal rescue or group. We ask only that you truly research this, contact breeders and kennels that race their dogs and ask to go and see their facilities. That is only fair. Use your own eyes and not just what they tell you

    • Elaine says:

      Obviously, you have never set foot in a greyhound kennel or on a greyhound farm. Mores the pity. Shame on being so ignorant of the truth & for falling for lies & propaganda. Check out the Greyhound Chronicles.

      BTW, I am an adoption coordinator with no ties to greyhound racing.

  9. Laura Chase-Smith says:

    I’m not a pawn nor am I ashamed. Rather, shame on you for telling falsehoods. The racing greyhound is treated well. As I said twice, the greyhounds I have seen at retirement have been healthy and happy. An abused dog does not look like a retired greyhound nor does it behave like one. I own a retired racer, have worked as an unpaid volunteer for 9 years now, and have visited racing kennels, talked to owners, trainers, people in the racing business. This is my experience with the racing greyhound which I have no reason to glorify, no money involved, etc.. It is what it is. I did all these things to make sure I

  10. mark abrams says:

    Why is a Massachusetts based lobby group, grey2k meddling in a Florida constitutional issue? And why is the majority of the funding for this effort coming from out of state lobby groups?

  11. karliin says:

    The fact remains that dog racing is barbaric. Entertainment can be cruelty free! Dog or camel races, cock fighting, hunting, bullfighting, spear fishing… all for perverse human entertainment is unjustifiable. Forcing animals into confinement for our entertainment benefit and profit is nothing short of depraved

  12. Theresa says:

    Sad that people that have no accurate information and have no knowledge about the industry outside of the race track attack something so beautiful! Hope they will be around when it comes time to place 8,000 dogs. Hope they understand that dog racing will continue in the underground where nothing is regulated. How about all the greyhound farms left to figure out an alternative plan such as shipping dogs out of the country. Please educate yourself by making personal visits to the tracks and seeing for your selves!




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