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 have to be adopted.
The ballot noted a 69% vote after Amendment 13. Although dog racing has been significantly declining in the past three decades, the closure of United States’ 11 dog tracks found in Florida is a still a big setback for the industry. While tracks situated in West Virginia (2), Arkansas, Alabama, and Iowa remain to be operational, it is believed that the sport is already too small to live on.
Not just that there has been less fanatics of dog racing, there were also allegations of cruelty to these racing dogs. They were believed to being doped – usually with cocaine – so they can run faster than they could. In some instances, high–voltage lures are used in order to keep them on track.
A high percentage of greyhound mortality rates are also connected to injuries that the dogs sustain while racing. 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 considered to be one of the greatest victories in the fight against animal cruelty and Grey2k USA and other animal advocate groups 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; to open their doors and provide a “furever” home for every retiring greyhound where they will be treated as a beloved member of the family.
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