Target: Iowa Governor Terry Branstad
Goal: Thank governor for passing legislation to help end greyhound racing into law
Iowa legislators recently proposed a measure that would shut down a major greyhound racing park and take millions of dollars in profits away from breeders who race their dogs. The measure received support from major animal welfare organizations, as well as this Force Change petition, because it will help end the cruelty of greyhound racing in Iowa completely. Thank Governor Terry Branstad for passing this humane legislation into law.
Senate File 2362 (S.F. 2362) will end greyhound racing at Bluffs Run Greyhound Park by the end of 2015 and take away about $14 million in annual slot machine subsidy payments from breeders racing their dogs at Dubuque Greyhound Park. While racing will continue at Dubuque, the end of subsidies will hinder the track’s ability to make a profit and lead to a reduction in the number of races, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Grey2K USA, a greyhound advocacy organization, stated they were confident S.F. 2362 will ultimately result in the failure of greyhound racing in Iowa in coming years.
Racing dogs endure a lifetime of confinement in cages and kennels and are usually only let out to be pushed to the point of physical exhaustion through constant training and racing. Many dogs suffer terrible injuries, sometimes fatal. Breeders heartlessly euthanize or discard their dogs when they can no longer make a profit, even if the injuries are treatable. Greyhounds deserve to live in a home with a family who loves them, like any other breed of dog, and S.F. 2362 has brought greyhounds a major step closer to a life without racing. Thank Governor Branstad for making the compassionate choice for greyhounds in his state and passing S.F. 2362 into law.
Dear Governor Branstad,
Thank you for your leadership in helping end the cruelty of greyhound racing in Iowa by signing S.F. 2362 into law. As you know, the measure will end racing at one track and take away millions of dollars in subsidies from breeders who race their dogs at another park, lowering their profits and reducing the number of races.
S.F. 2362 is a major step forward in ending greyhound racing in your state altogether in coming years. Like any dog breed, greyhounds deserve to spend their lives in homes with loving families, not locked in cages and pushed to the point of physical exhaustion, terrible injury and even death. I sincerely thank you for showing these amazing animals compassion by supporting this humane legislation.
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