Greyhound-racing is to be banned in Florida after a “historic” amendment was passed. Amendment 13 won a cross-party vote with 69% in favour of ending the cruel practice.
Over 8,000 professional dogs have been given a second chance by this change of affairs. Around 460 dogs have died on the state’s 11 racetracks over the past decade. Now, dogs and dog-lovers alike are looking forward to a brighter future as the so-called sport is phased out over the next two years.
A themepark of cruelty
Florida is late to the party. Forty other states have already made this call. 20 hours of confinement each day, injuries, and performance-enhancing drugs do not equal a good life for a dog.
“Florida voters have delivered a knock-out blow to a cruel industry that has been hurting and killing dogs for nearly a century,” according to Protect Dogs – Yes on 13, the coalition who fought for the change.
“Thanks to the passage of Amendment 13, thousands of innocent hounds will finally get the second chance they deserve.”
Protect Dogs was sponsored by HSUS GREY2K USA Worldwide, the Doris Day Animal League (DDAL), and Animal Wellness Action (AWA).
They now plan to turn their attentions to re-homing the legions of retiring greyhounds expected to rejoin Florida’s general population before the end of 2020.
And they will be looking to the greyhound industry for support.
“Greyhounds make wonderful companions,” continued the coalition’s statement. “This is an opportunity to help thousands of dogs find loving homes.”
A victory for humanity, justice for dogs
Kitty Block, acting president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) also added her two pence:
“Because of the decisions of millions of Florida voters, thousands of dogs will be spared the pain and suffering that is inherent in the greyhound racing industry,” according to The Dodo.
“We are so grateful to the volunteers, campaign members, coalition partners, contributors and endorsers who came together in support of this historic effort to end the cruelty of greyhound racing.”