Target: Kansas Governor, Sam Brownback
Goal: Don’t allow billionaire to reopen inhumane dog racetracks in Kansas.
The last of Kansas’s racetracks closed in 2008 and now billionaire Phil Ruffin wants to reopen them all as “racinos,” or casinos where people can bet on dog races. There is no evidence that this cruel pastime will help Kansas’s economy, only that it will hurt greyhounds. Tell Kansas’s governor to not let these casinos host greyhound races and to ban dog racing once and for all.
Dog racing is already illegal in 39 states. While it’s not illegal in Kansas, the state hasn’t had an open racetrack for 8 years. The previous ones had to close due to lack of interest. With national dog racing declining 68 percent from 2001-2013, it’s easy to see most citizens aren’t interested in watching these inhumane races. Mr. Ruffin is trying to open these racetracks claiming that it will employ hundreds of people, which Kansas needs. However, if the Kansas people didn’t go to the track before, what will make them do it now? All this does is give people jobs that they will eventually lose.
Even if there was an economic benefit it is not reason enough to open these greyhound tracks. Greyhounds that are bred for these races endure horrible living conditions and are raced until their bodies give out. Before the last Kansas track closed down it had 19 deaths and 80 injured dogs during its last 6 months. Broken legs and backs are the most common fates for racing dogs. Even before their bodies wear out they are treated cruelly. They are kept in small cages, fed raw meat with added charcoal, and most are shot with steroids. Some racers even go as far as to shoot the dogs with cocaine.
Dog racing is an inhumane practice and needs to be stopped. Demand that Governor Sam Brownback does not reopen the racetracks and ban all dog racing indefinitely.
Dear Governor Brownback,
Dog racing has been outlawed in 39 states due to its inhumane nature. Please make Kansas the 40th state by outlawing dog races and not reopening the old racetracks. Studies have shown that the interest in dog racing has only decreased. Kansas’s tracks were originally closed because of lack of attendance. Bringing them back will not boost the economy, it will most likely hurt it. Florida, one of the biggest dog racing states, is estimated to lose $35 million a year by keeping their tracks open.
Besides having no economic value the treatment of racing dogs is cruel. Many competitive racers inject steroids and cocaine into the dogs for better performance. Please don’t let the chance of more drug trafficking come to Kansas through this “sport.” Bringing back dog racing will only hurt these poor animals and the Kansas economy. I implore you to not reopen the dog racing tracks and to ban all dog racing for good.
[Your Name Here]
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