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Florida Must Answer for Appalling Record of Greyhound Deaths

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 4:00pm
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Of the 21 active dog tracks in the U.S., more than half (12) are in Florida. Florida law requires dog tracks to report all racing-related deaths, and an analysis of these death notifications from 2013 reveals that on average, a Greyhound died from racing-related injuries every three days in Florida last year.

With assistance from the ASPCA, Greyhound protection group GREY2K USA created a report, “The Final Lap,” that summarizes last year’s devastating deaths at Florida’s tracks. The report was released today at a joint press conference held in Tallahassee, during which ASPCA Vice President of State Affairs Ann Church and several state legislators called for the passage of a bill to protect Greyhounds.

Watch GREY2K USA’s new video on dog racing in Florida:

If you live in Florida, you can help—please visit aspca.org/FLgreyhounds to urge state lawmakers to eliminate the mandate that requires gaming facilities to hold dog races.

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Tiffany

I love supporting the ASPCA, but please tell me who I can write to or call in Florida telling them I want this to stop. Action is monetary, but it's also vocal. Thank you for all you do!

Diane

Floridians need to contact their lawmakers and urge them to include "greyhound racing decoupling" and injury reporting in this years big gaming bills that will go before the Florida house and senate. If dog track owners have the right to choose to race or not, many will close on thier own and countless dog lives will be saved. This is being addressed RIGHT NOW in Florida's legislature.

Beverly Coffmon

I sincerely really hope and pray Greyhound racing is stopped soon. The cruelty of this "sport" has been well known for many years and has, in fact, cost the lives of many innocent dogs. It truly borders on the edge of "animal cruelty"!! I realize it's a "money thing" but Florida will STILL make enough with the gaming industry as well as all the tourism they enjoy every year, and let us not forget all the seniors who can afford to move there, bringing additional revenue to the state. I'm sure the discontinuing of THIS particular cruel "sport" will not affect their revenue at all!

Beverly Coffmon

I sincerely hope and pray Greyhound racing is stopped soon. The cruelty of this "sport" has been well known for many years and has, in fact, cost the lives of many innocent dogs. It truly borders on the edge of "animal cruelty"!! I realize it's a "money thing" but Florida will STILL make enough with the gaming industry as well as all the tourism they enjoy every year, and let us not forget all the seniors who can afford to move there, bringing additional revenue to the state. I'm sure the discontinuing of THIS particular cruel "sport" will not affect their revenue at all!

Linda

I have had retired greyhounds as wonderful pets, but it doesn't change the cruelty of the sport. They love to run, but they are not meant to be simple $$$$$ makers. Our dogs came thru a wonderful adoption program in Wisconsin but we also tried to make connections in Virginia, & Michigan. Florida has been notoriously lax for far too long & needs to clean up it's act!

Chris

...I just look up puppy mills on google, so this is ridiculous, and IT NEEDS TO STOP

Linda Johnson

Please do not kill anymore of these beautiful animals. They have made lots of money for Florida, do not kill them.

Gia

Votes aren't even counted in Florida until two 3 weeks later...poor Greyhounds

Janet M

I am and always have been against racing them and I am overwhelmed by the thought they are being killed. This needs to stop.

Tina

Shared with FL friends & family...thank you for exposing this. They deserve so much better!!

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