For decades, greyhounds have been used for sport in the state of Florida in the United States. However, a recent Amendment passed that has changed the future of the sport—and the dogs. Known as Amendment 13, the measure passed by sixty nine percent recently. Statistics say that 460 dogs have died at the state’s eleven racetracks in the last five years. The racing of greyhounds in the state of Florida will be phased out completely by the year 2020. There are forty other states in the United States that have already banned dog racing because of animal cruelty concerns. Many considered Florida to be the last major state to practice dog racing.
Over the years, investigations have shown that many greyhounds are confined in small areas for over twenty hours each day. The dogs are prone to very serious and tragic injuries while on the race tracks and many of them are drugged to affect performance. A woman named Kitty Block, who is the president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States (also known as HSUS) says the Amendment is a step in the right direction for dogs. She says this marks the end of many dogs’ suffering in the sport and will open them to loving homes. The efforts to pass the measure are thanks to many different groups of people in the industry coming together to not only get the measure on the ballot, but to educate the public on
the problems in the dog racing sport.
The measure, also known as Protect Dogs – Yes on 13 – was sponsored by HSUS GREY2K USA Worldwide and the Doris Day Animal League (also known as DDAL) and the Animal Wellness Action (AWA) group. The groups say that on average, a dog died on the Florida racing tracks every three days. An estimated 8,000 dogs are currently being raced in the state of Florida.