End Cruel Greyhound Racing

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Target: Rick Scott, Governor of Florida

Goal: Ban greyhound racing in Florida.

Florida is one of five states that still allows greyhound racing, despite the hundreds of dog injuries and deaths this sport has caused. Grey2K, a greyhound advocacy group, reports that 360 dogs have been killed racing on Florida tracks since May of 2013. Off the track, the dogs also lead miserable lives, allegedly spending twenty hours or more a day in cramped cages. They’re reportedly fed a diet of cheap meat, and they’re often denied basic veterinary care. There have also been reports of dogs being dosed with cocaine and other illegal drugs to make them perform better.

Attendance is down at greyhound tracks across Florida, and many tracks are losing money on their dog racing. One of the only reasons that the tracks keep racing dogs is because of a quirk in Florida law. Greyhound tracks make most of their money off their poker rooms and simulcasts, but to keep their gambling licenses, the tracks must hold dog races. In essence, dogs are getting injured and killed simply so these tracks can keep their poker rooms open. This is why many greyhound advocates support “decoupling,” a proposed law that would allow the dog tracks to keep their poker rooms without racing greyhounds. This solution is the best choice for both track owners and the greyhounds themselves.

Greyhound racing has led to hundreds of unnecessary dog deaths in just the past few years. It’s time to end this cruel practice in Florida. Sign this petition to urge Governor Rick Scott to pass the decoupling law, allowing track owners to make money off their poker rooms without having to race greyhounds.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Scott,

Greyhound racing is a cruel sport that has led to deaths of 360 dogs in Florida just since May of 2013. The dogs allegedly spend most of their days in small, isolated cages, and they’re fed a diet of cheap meat. There have even been reports of the dogs being given cocaine and other performance enhancing drugs.

Greyhound track owners are also losing money off of the dog races. In 2015, the Melbourne Track lost an estimated $180,000, and in 2012, the Naples-Fort Myers Track reported losing $2 million. Most people do not go to the greyhound tracks to watch the races — they go to play poker. But since the tracks can only get a gambling license for their poker rooms if they run dogs, track owners are forced to continue the unprofitable and cruel races.

The majority of the country has banned greyhound racing, and now Florida must follow suit. I urge you to work with lawmakers to pass the decoupling law so that dog track owners will be able to have gambling licenses without racing greyhounds.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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6 Comments

  1. A cruel backward and vile so called sport that should be banned forever. The training of these poor dogs is also disgusting and obscene and cruelty in itself. Its time to get with the programme and realize that this is a terrible act of cruelty .

    • You have to be joking, either you have buried your head in the sand or haven’t spent time with the trainers of these dogs in their environment. Stop believing everything you hear or read, to make a factual statement, first you mustang get your information first hand. It’s now asking you would’ve expect.

      • Pray tell, Peter Luxton, in all seriousness, where do you get the idea that this is an “oh so great” and harmless industry???
        In 2002 the remains of approximately 3,000 greyhounds from Florida racetracks were discovered on the Alabama property of a former racetrack security guard who had been “retiring” unwanted greyhounds with a .22-caliber rifle for more than 40 years… The attorney for the accused said, “If there’s anybody to be indicted here, it’s the industry because this is what they’re doing to these animals. The misery begins the day they’re born. The misery ends when my client gets a hold of them and puts a bullet in the head.”

  2. Someone who knows what I am talking about. says:

    Have you any idea what you are talking about. Training a greyhound is like getting ready for Olympics. Races are won and lost in split seconds. So they get best of food, lots of exercise, and there health is monitored 24/7. Remember greyhounds love to race and chase the lure. It’s in their nature, yes some get hurt. Like in all sports is a fact of life. I don’t know a lot about greyhounds, but unlike you I done a little research before I had an option. I live in Ireland home of greyhounds racing they say lol. After a greyhound is finished racing from old age or injury. Homes are found for them. Greyhounds make lovely house pets. I have talked to four trainers, seen two of there places. I even went to a rearing facilitie, I must admit I was very please in what I seen. Problem is now I have a interest in maybe getting one or two dogs myself.

    P.S get a LIFE.

  3. “Someone Who Knows What I Am Talking About”…
    Greyhounds are usually gentle, quiet, and friendly, and no, they don’t love to race REPEATEDLY and unnaturally, in artificial and forced conditions… Just ask all the injured and dead greyhounds… They actually only require moderate exercise. And, NO, injury is actually not an unquestioned “fact of life” or something to be whitewashed or glossed over with (self-justifying) statements like “oh yes, some get hurt, like in all sports is a fact of life”… And there is ONE MORE difference… With humans, and in the human sport world, there is choice – with greyhound racing, there is no choice. And that is what disgusts people…
    AS TO “ADOPTIONS”, every year, thousands of young and healthy greyhound dogs are killed, cruelly, merely because they lack winning potential, have been injured while racing or are no longer competitive… Adoptions account for just a “percentage”… It may be different in Ireland, though I doubt it…
    You might want to think before you speak.

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