On November 6th, Florida finally voted to ban dog racing. The “sport” that has been responsible for the inhumane existence of racing greyhounds in the state. Effective January 01, 2021, the state’s dog race tracks will cease operation and the racing dogs will be adopted.
The ballot noted a 69% vote after Amendment 13. Dog racing has been significantly declining in the past three decades. The closure of the United States’ 11 dog tracks found in Florida is still a big setback for the industry. However, tracks situated in West Virginia (2), Arkansas, Alabama, and Iowa remain to be operational.
Not just that there were fewer fanatics of dog racing, there were also allegations of cruelty to these racing dogs. To help them run faster most had cocaine and high voltage. A neck injury, broken, hips, and heart attack are the most common grievances the dogs have.
While there are experts in the industry who can provide veterinary care to these racing dogs, those injured greyhounds may end up being euthanized if the treatment is perceived to be expensive.
Because Amendment 13 had the majority votes. It is one of the greatest victories in the fight against animal cruelty. This was a victory for animal advocacy groups.
Advocacy groups such as Grey2k USA are determined to win a national ban of greyhound racing.
With the closure of FL’s racetracks and termination of the activity in the state comes the hope of ending the misery of about 8,000 greyhounds.
Animal welfare activists are knocking on the hearts of every dog lovers, in and outside the country. Individuals are encouraged to provide a “furever” home for every retiring greyhound where they will be treated as a beloved member of the family.
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