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Greyhound racing is on the wane–it's now illegal in 40 states. But greyhounds still bred for racing spend most of their time in crates, pens or fenced enclosures, without the love of a family. We can eliminate greyhound racing through education, compassion and action.

Greyhounds are at a disadvantage even before they are born. Thousands are bred annually—many more than are needed to race—in an attempt to create the fastest dogs. Cruel methods are often used to dispose of unwanted dogs, and the dogs that do survive in the industry are forced to live in cramped conditions. These social creatures are forced to spend most of their time alone, confined to cages for 20-23 hours a day and denied the opportunity to walk or play.

You can help the dogs who are still part of this industry by taking some simple steps.

Take Action for Greyhounds!

Florida has the chance to put an end to abusive greyhound racing. A historic Constitutional Amendment has been introduced by Senator Tom Lee. Florida has 12 of the remaining 18 tracks in the country and is the only reason the industry is hanging on.

This Constitutional Amendment would phase out racing and would decouple greyhound racing from other forms of gambling, ultimately ending the practice in the state. Florida tracks are not required to report greyhound injuries to the public, but we know that as many as 8,000 dogs are confined for 20-23 hours per day in cages too small for the dogs to even stand normally. Injuries, death and abuses are all too common. The General Provisions Committee and the Executive Committee of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) both approved this proposal!

In the next phase, the full Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) will hold public hearings around the state. At these hearings they will take public testimony on all pending proposals, including Proposal 67 to phase out greyhound racing. To speak, you simply need to show up and fill out an appearance form. When you are called, you will be given a few minutes to tell Commissioners why they should support Proposal 67.

If you can, please attend a CRC public hearing near you!

Northwest Florida
WHEN: Tuesday, February 27, 1:00-7:00 PM Central Time
WHERE: University of West Florida
     Conference Center & Ballroom
     11000 University Parkway
     Building 22
     Pensacola (Escambia County)

Tampa Bay Area
WHEN: Tuesday, March 13, 1:00-7:00 PM
WHERE: University of South Florida – St. Petersburg
     University Student Center
     6th Ave S
     St. Petersburg (Pinellas County)

If you live in Florida, we are asking you to call or email the members of the Commission. Together, we can be a strong voice for greyhounds and finally put an end to this inhumane practice.

Calling is easy! It can be as simple as "Commissioner ______, I am a Florida resident and I’m calling today to express my support for CRC proposal 67 to protect racing greyhounds. Please support the amendment so Florida residents can have their voices heard on the 2018 ballot."

  • Jose Felix Diaz Jose.Diaz@flcrc.gov
  • Carlos Beruff (850) 717-9550 Carlos.Beruff@flcrc.gov
  • Lisa Carlton (941) 218-0142 Lisa.Carlton@flcrc.gov
  • Timothy Cerio (850) 296-2920 Timothy.Cerio@flcrc.gov
  • John Stemberger (850) 329-0805 John.Stemberger@flcrc.gov
  • Jose "Pepe" Armas Jose.Armas@flcrc.gov
  • Pam Bondi (850) 414-3990 Pam.Bondi@flcrc.gov
  • Hank Coxe (904) 353-0211 Hank.Coxe@flcrc.gov
  • Erika Donalds (850) 270-8283 Erika.Donalds@flcrc.gov
  • Anna Marie Hernandez Gamez (850) 320-8716 Anna.Gamez@flcrc.gov
  • Tom Grady (850) 270-1630 Tom.Grady@flcrc.gov
  • Marva Johnson (850) 792-6574 Marva.Johnson@flcrc.gov
  • Arthenia Joyner (813) 591-0625 Arthenia.Joyner@flcrc.gov
  • Frank Kruppenbacher Frank.Kruppenbacher@flcrc.gov
  • Gary Lester (352) 775-7890 Gary.Lester@flcrc.gov
  • Patricia Levesque (850) 895-1249 Patricia.Levesque@flcrc.gov
  • Roberto Martinez (305) 476-7400 Roberto.Martinez@flcrc.gov
  • Rich Newsome (850) 792-5303 Rich.Newsome@flcrc.gov
  • Darryl Rouson (727) 822-6828 Darryl.Rouson@flcrc.gov
  • William "Bill" Schifino, Jr. (850) 792-5825 William.Schifino@flcrc.gov
  • Chris Smith Chris.Smith@flcrc.gov
  • Bob Solari (772) 226-1438 Bob.Solari@flcrc.gov
  • Chris Sprowls (727) 793-2810 Chris.Sprowls@flcrc.gov
  • Carolyn Timmann (772) 210-4398 Carolyn.Timmann@flcrc.gov
  • Nicole Washington (786) 309-6022 Nicole.Washington@flcrc.gov
  • Emery Gainey (850) 296-0898 Emery.Gainey@flcrc.gov
  • Brecht Heuchan (850) 296-7122 Brecht.Heuchan@flrcc.gov
  • Darlene Jordan (561) 331-1701 Darlene.Jordan@flcrc.gov
  • Fred Karlinsky (954) 951-3548 Fred.Karlinsky@flcrc.gov
  • Belinda Keiser (954) 609-5265 Belinda.Keiser@flcrc.gov
  • Jeanette Nuñez (305) 227-7630 Jeanette.Nunex@flcrc.gov
  • Sherry Plymale (772) 210-4468 Sherry.Plymale@flcrc.gov
  • Pam Stewart (850) 245-0505 Pam.Stewart@flcrc.gov
  • Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch Jacqui.Thurlow-Lippisch@flcrc.gov

If you are sending an email, you can copy and paste these email addresses:

Jose.Armas@flcrc.gov; Carlos.Beruff@flcrc.gov; Pam.Bondi@flcrc.gov; Lisa.Carlton@flcrc.gov; Timothy.Cerio@flcrc.gov; Hank.Coxe@flcrc.gov; Jose.Diaz@flcrc.gov; Erika.Donalds@flcrc.gov; Anna.Gamez@flcrc.gov; Tom.Grady@flcrc.gov; Marva.Johnson@flcrc.gov; Arthenia.Joyner@flcrc.gov; Frank.Kruppenbacher@flcrc.gov; Gary.Lester@flcrc.gov; Patricia.Levesque@flcrc.gov; Roberto.Martinez@flcrc.gov; Rich.Newsome@flcrc.gov; Darryl.Rouson@flcrc.gov; William.Schifino@flcrc.gov; Chris.Smith@flcrc.gov; Bob.Solari@flcrc.gov; Chris.Sprowls@flcrc.gov; John.Stemberger@flcrc.gov; Carolyn.Timmann@flcrc.gov; Nicole.Washington@flcrc.gov; Emery.Gainey@flcrc.gov; Brecht.Heuchan@flcrc.gov; Darlene.Jordan@flcrc.gov; Fred.Karlinsky@flcrc.gov; Belinda.Keiser@flcrc.gov; Jeanette.Nunex@flcrc.gov; Sherry.Plymale@flcrc.gov; Pam.Stewart@flcrc.gov; Jacqui.Thurlow-Lippisch@flcrc.gov

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