Florida took a giant step toward protecting thousands of greyhounds from suffering inhumane treatment inherent in the greyhound racing industry last night. Proposal 67, sponsored by Commissioner Tom Lee, cleared a critical milestone moving it closer, pending two more procedural steps, to the November ballot when the voters of Florida will have the opportunity to approve it. Proposal 67 would phase out greyhound racing in the Sunshine State by July 2020.
Kate MacFall, Florida state director for the Humane Society of the United States, stated, “Polls show an overwhelming majority of Floridians want the greyhound industry to end. That’s not surprising considering this industry keeps thousands of these gentle dogs in warehouse-style kennels with rows of stacked cages for up 20-23 hours each day. Many dogs suffer injuries while racing. Records show that a racing greyhound dies every three days on a Florida track and Floridians are fed up.”
For years, members of the Florida legislature have tried unsuccessfully to address the inhumane treatment of dogs in the racing industry. Find more information at EndGreyhoundCruelty.com.