Target: Florida Governor Rick Scott
Goal: Halt the cruel business of greyhound racing in Florida
In the greyhound racing business, all racing dogs come from breeding farms. They are either chosen to run a race for human entertainment, or are deemed unfit and killed or sent to laboratories to be subjects of experiments. The greyhound racing industry not only kills thousands of greyhounds each year, it also causes the state government to lose millions by regulating these senseless races. Yet, the barbaric sport somehow manages to remain a major business.
When they aren’t racing, the greyhounds spend nearly 20 hours each day stacked on top of one another in cages, in warehouse kennels where they are subjected to severe weather temperatures and parasites such as fleas and ticks. As horrible as life in these kennels appears to be, being taken out of the kennels and put on the racing track is something much worse. The greyhounds who are forced to participate in these races run so hard that it puts severe strain on their bodies. Many greyhound deaths are the result of heat stroke and other fatal injuries that occur during the races.
When these dogs set their paws on the racing track, they aren’t just running towards the finish line; they’re running to their deaths. Sign this petition to halt the Florida greyhound racing business.
Dear Governor Scott,
It has come to my attention that the Florida greyhound races are still a major business, despite their cruel outcomes. Many greyhounds who are forced to participate in these races spend their lives in kennels where they are subjected to severe weather temperatures because they do not have the proper heating and air conditioning. Although the conditions in the kennels are well below the ideal, their lives outside the cages are far worse.
These dogs are essentially running until they succumb to the fatal injuries that occur during the races. At the current rate, one hundred dogs will die before the end of this year, unless you put an end to these races. I urge you to halt the operation of greyhound races before hundreds of greyhounds needlessly die.
[Your Name Here]
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