Today, the Florida Constitution Revision Commission approved Proposal 6012, paving the way for voters to decide a ballot measure intended to phase out greyhound racing in the state by 2020. The Humane Society of the United States applauds the action as a significant step forward in protecting countless greyhounds from inhumane treatment.

The commission convenes every 20 years with the power to advance amendments to the Florida constitution and place them directly before the electorate.

Florida is home to 12 of the remaining 18 greyhound racing tracks in the United States, and live greyhound racing is illegal in 40 states.

“Today’s vote gives Florida residents an opportunity to end this cruel industry through a direct vote on the ballot in November,” said Kate MacFall, the Florida state director for The HSUS.

“This effort would not have been possible without the tireless work of former Senate President Tom Lee, former Senate President Don Gaetz, Commissioner Brecht Heuchan, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Governor Rick Scott and Congressman Matt Gaetz. We thank them for leading the way on this important issue.”

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