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Florida: Ban Greyhound Racing In 2011 (Anyone may sign.)

November 23, 2010

Immediate, please sign: Florida: Ban Greyhound Racing 2011

  • Non-Florida friends may also participate.

From: Animal Rescue Site

Background:

The “sport” of dog racing is cruel, costly and collapsing all around the United States. Recognizing that the dog racing industry is fundamentally incapable of treating its Greyhounds humanely, many states have already banned this exploitive form of entertainment. In fact, Florida is one of only seven states in which dog racing still exists.

The suffering of the dogs far outweighs any entertainment or financial benefit to the state: racing Greyhounds generally are confined to cages when not competing and injuries such as broken legs and paralysis are commonplace.

The Florida Legislature has a history of passing economic measures aimed at propping up the failing Greyhound racing industry. It is high time for your elected officials to take a hard look at dog racing and take steps to rid Florida of it entirely.


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Petition Language:

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am opposed to the cruelty inflicted on Greyhound dogs used by the racing industry. Recently, 32 dogs were allowed to die at the end of a racing season at Ebro Park; five other dogs barely survived after having their throats and mouths wrapped in duct tape.

Please consider the following:

· Dogs are confined for many hours each day in small cages, fed substandard food, receive little veterinary care, and are often seriously injured when racing.

· It costs more to regulate dog racing in Florida than the tracks contribute to the state in revenue.

· Other forms of gambling are more popular and produce revenue for the state, and these businesses do not subject our canine friends to cruelty.

· Racing is a dying sport. In the last decade, it has been reduced by half nationwide, with only seven states now operating 23 tracks (compared to 15 states and 50 tracks in 2001). How many more dogs must suffer before it ends in Florida?

· The state can continue to prosecute acts of animal cruelty when they are discovered, but that is expensive and can negatively impact local community budgets. It would be better to prevent suffering than handle it after it has occurred.

Greyhound racing is cruel, does not contribute anything to our state and should be halted. I urge you to take steps to ban Greyhound racing in Florida when the Legislature meets in 2011.

Thank you for taking the time to consider my views.

Sincerely,

 

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they are gentle,
on you, they lean
not one ounce
of them, mean
they look into
your eyes
no more racing
industry lies
for the dogs that
run fast, for while
their lives last
for those who are
slow
a terrible way to go
ban racing everywhere
gives these sweet dogs
love and care

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

2 Comments leave one →
  1. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    November 24, 2010 7:20 am

    they are gentle,
    on you, they lean
    not one ounce
    of them, mean
    they look into
    your eyes
    no more racing
    industry lies
    for the dogs that
    run fast, for while
    their lives last
    for those who are
    slow
    a terrible way to go
    ban racing everywhere
    gives these sweet dogs
    love and care

    Like

  2. CATHALA Corine permalink
    November 27, 2010 2:40 am

    Ces courses devraient être interdites c’est trop de souffrances pour ces pauvres chiens

    Like

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