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Ending Greyhound Racing in Florida

Amendment 13 – public vote

The end of the Florida greyhound racing industry ensures that thousands of dogs will no longer be subjected to cruelty in the name of entertainment.

Updated

November 6, 2018

Work Type

Legislation

Status

Victory

Legislation passed on November 6, 2018

Many racing dogs suffer injuries while racing and, according to state records, a racing greyhound dies on average every three days on a Florida track. Of these dogs, 94% were three years old or younger. Common injuries include broken legs, paralysis, head trauma, and broken backs. Dogs have also been electrocuted after touching the track’s high voltage lure. Some dogs actually die on the tracks, others are euthanized behind closed doors.

Additionally, greyhounds are routinely drugged, and female dogs are regularly injected with anabolic steroids in order to keep them racing. More than 400 racing greyhounds tested positive for cocaine, novocaine, oxycodone, and lidocaine in the last ten years.

Though greyhound racing persists in a handful of other states, the majority of racing occurs in Florida. The end of the Florida greyhound racing industry ensures that thousands of dogs will no longer be subjected to cruelty in the name of entertainment.

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