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Animal rights activists fight to sway voters in battle over greyhound dog racing in Florida

Since June 2013, nearly 500 racing greyhounds have died, according to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. and injuries are not reported to the state.

THADDEUS MAST: ‘A proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot aims to close the 11 dog tracks left in the state. Those who support the ban are animal rights activists who say dogs deserve a life without the dangers and cruelty of racing. Greyhound trainers stand opposed, claiming the vote will end their livelihoods and the enjoyment thousands of Floridians get watching a day of dog races. Florida is one of six states still racing greyhounds and is by far the most active, home to 11 of the 17 dog tracks in the nation. The state industry needs hundreds of trainers and 8,000 dogs to operate, even though most tracks only operate for 4-6 months of the year…

Animal cruelty is the rallying cry for anti-racing advocates. The amendment, written by legislators, even states “The humane treatment of animals is a fundamental value of the people of the State of Florida.” “This is really about protecting the dogs,” said Kate MacFall, Florida director of the Humane Society of the United States. “This is a measure to phase out this industry.” Since June 2013, nearly 500 racing greyhounds have died, according to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. The cause of death is not recorded, so one death could be from a major on-track injury or a severe disease. Injuries are not reported to the state. “With those deaths — that’s alarming,” MacFall said. “Our economy is not built on the cruelty to animals”.’ SOURCE…

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